Brian King

Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs

MarkMonitor holds inaugural office hours, focused on .brand gTLDs

Our MarkMonitor team recently conducted its first installment of ‘office hours’: a series of interactive, Q&A focused webinars highlighting the most pressing topics in domain management today. The MarkMonitor™ office hours series, following a university office hours model, provide MarkMonitor customers the ability to ask questions on a variety of domain-related topics with real-time answers […]

Sunset for .XXX Blocks Brings Powerful New Blocking Tool for Adult TLDs

2021 brings the 10-year anniversary of most Sunrise B blocks, and with it the expiration of the blocks. If Sunrise B block holders do not act prior to expiration, their brands will become available for registration in the .xxx TLD by any third party. In 2011, brand owners faced an unprecedented challenge. A new internet […]

ICANN board rejects sale of .org’s public interest registry

As registrar for many of the best .org domain names on the internet, MarkMonitor tracks industry developments to help customers make the best decisions. On April 30, 2020 ICANN’s Board of Directors held a special meeting to decide whether to approve a change of control request relating to Public Interest Registry (PIR), the domain name […]

The next generation of WHOIS is born

Today marks a milestone in the decades-long effort to improve how domain name ownership data is structured and processed. Replacing traditional Port 43 WHOIS, the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is the new mechanism by which domain name ownership information will be shown going forward. Where did this come from? Domain name registration data, commonly […]

.XXX blocks retire; new services to cover all adult TLDs

In a positive development for brand owners, ICM Registry, the entity behind the adult content-oriented .XXX Top Level Domain (TLD), has just announced its new blocking mechanisms, AdultBlock and AdultBlock+. Beyond .XXX, these blocks will cover all four of its adult-themed TLDs: .XXX, .PORN, .ADULT, and .SEX. Background ICM Registry first introduced the concept of […]

What’s Next for WHOIS: ICANN Board Approves EPDP Phase 1 Final Report

The ICANN board held a special meeting on May 15, 2019, during which it approved twenty-seven of the twenty-nine policy recommendations in the EPDP Phase 1 Final Report. The Phase 1 report represents the start of the ICANN community’s bottom-up consensus-driven policymaking effort to reinvent WHOIS (now called “registration data”) in a way that complies […]

GDPR, WHOIS and impacts to brand protection: Nine months later

Last October, we posted an article describing the impacts of redacted registration data (WHOIS”) on its domain name protection anti-counterfeit anti-piracy and anti-fraud services. As explained in that post MarkMonitor uses WHOIS data for several legitimate purposes including investigating infringing domain names identifying the source of phishing attacks and issuing cease & desist letters to […]

China cybersecurity update: DNS hijacking and IoT crimes

In a welcome patch of good news for the cybersecurity community, on December 25, 2018, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court (SPC”) highlighted five cybersecurity cases in its most recent release of Guiding Cases – the 20th such iteration of case law publication from the Chinese government including a landmark case on DNS hijacking. Since November […]

ICANN63 Barcelona: Updates from the 20th AGM

The MarkMonitor team is pleased to provide updates from the recent ICANN meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting marked the 20-year anniversary of ICANN’s existence and was ICANN’s 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM format consists of seven days of sessions and includes two open community sessions, during which the ICANN board makes itself […]