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Domain Name Association Signs 8 New Members

Domain Name Association logo[news release] The Domain Name Association (DNA), the global trade association for the internet domain industry, has welcomed eight new members from all over the world, bringing the total to 30.

The newest members are:

“This membership growth shows gratifying support for the DNA’s mission at an exciting time for the industry, as hundreds of top level domain names are released to the public,” said DNA Executive Director Kurt Pritz. “Our globally distributed and highly respected newest members will play a key role in fulfilling the DNA’s objective to realize opportunities for the industry and new value for Internet users.”

The DNA promotes the common interests of the entire domain name industry, especially for the uptake, adoption, and use of domain names as the primary tool to navigate the Internet. As part of its mission, the DNA will play a key role in raising awareness about the opportunities in new and existing top-level domains.

The DNA was established in October 2013 by companies representing the broad Internet industry. Membership is open to organizations involved in all aspects of managing domain names, including top-level domain name registry operators, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Organizations in the domain name industry are joining the DNA to collaborate with peers, share best practice and ensure mutual success through this period of major growth of the Internet. DNA members will be critical players in the next phase of the Internet, with the opportunity to influence important industry policy decisions. Members can also leverage the DNA’s marketing and education programs in their own activities, and they will receive exclusive information via newsletters and bulletins, as well as access to research results.

DNA membership is organized as a multi-tiered structure to accommodate various levels of interest and desire for participation in the work of the DNA. More information is available on the website.

About the DNA

The Domain Name Association (the DNA) is a non-profit business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. It is independent and global in scope, and its membership is open to organizations involved in the provision, support, and sale of domain names, such as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Founding members include ARI Registry Services, Donuts, GoDaddy, Google, Rightside and What Box?

The DNA’s mission is to promote the best interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption, and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet. More information is available at www.thedna.org.

This Domain Name Association news release was sourced from:
www.thedna.org/pr_20140224.html

ICA and DNA to Share Stage at NamesCon by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association

Internet Commerce Association logoThe Internet Commerce Association and the Domain Name Association will be represented together at a Breakout Panel Session during the NamesCon domain industry conference slated to take place next week in Las Vegas.

ICA Counsel Philip Corwin and DNA Executive Director Kurt Pritz will be the two speakers at “Your Voice in the New Marketplace: TheDNA.org and ICA — Promoting the adoption of domain names and being heard in Domain Name rules, policy, standards and governance” taking place at 11:05 – 11:50 am on Wednesday, January 15th in Room C at the Tropicana Hotel. We congratulate the NamesCon organizers for hosting a sold-out event that has reached full capacity of 450 attendees.

And, after seven years as the sole trade association dedicated to DNS issues, we welcome the DNA to the fray – while we expect some overlap in membership, the two organizations are more complimentary than competitive although there may well be issues on which we can work cooperatively.

Domain Name Association logoICA marked its seventh anniversary in fall 2013 and has long been focused on protecting and enhancing the rights of domain name registrants. We’ve worked to improve the UDRP and assure that the additional rights protection mechanisms for new gTLDs preserve essential due process rights; have become a prominent voice within ICANN and its Business Constituency; worked in Washington against the Snowe bill and the PIPA/SOPA domain suspension proposals; and have attended to the tedious but important technical details of ICANN policy changes that affect registrant rights.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2014, we’re gearing up to deal with the unpredictable but inevitable consequences of more than one thousand new gTLDs entering the marketplace – and to react to any legislative proposals to amend the Anticybersquatting Act in a way that would place domain owners at an unfair disadvantage.

Having attended the DNA’s launch event at the ICANN Buenos Aires meeting it’s clear that, while likewise dedicated to the domain name industry, it has a different focus. DNA seeks to represent those organizations involved in the provision, support and sale of domain names such as registry operators, registrars, and resellers – but views registrants as consumers of its members’ services, while professional registrants are the core of ICA’s membership. And, while DNA may seek to influence ICANN policies, it has no plans to lobby in Washington or anywhere else. What DNA does plan to focus on is product promotion advocacy of the use of domain names as the primary means for Internet.

We look forward to our session and hope that it assists NamesCon attendees in better understanding the separate roles and missions of the two industry trade associations.

Shortly after that panel discussion, ICA will be hosting a meet-up in room C from 12:40 – 2 pm so that current ICA members and those interested in learning more about our work can get together and network. We hope to see you there!

This article by the Internet Commerce Association’s Philip Corwin was sourced with permission from: internetcommerce.org/NamesCon-breakout.

Former ICANN Exec Pritz Appointed Exec Director of Domain Name Association

Kurt Pritz imageThe former ICANN executive Kurt Pritz has assumed the role of interim Executive Director for the Domain Name Association, a newly formed non-profit business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. Pritz will be working with and representing DNA during the ICANN48 meetings in Buenos Aires.

Pritz previously played an important role in the growth of ICANN and is best known as the architect of ICANN’s new gTLD programme. He will apply his track record in teambuilding and bringing together diverse skillsets to the knowledgeable and talented members of the Domain Name Industry, the DNA announced in a statement. He will build on deep, positive existing business relationships within the industry to develop a vibrant effective association.

Domain Name Association Launched To Educate On Domains

The Domain Name Association was launched yesterday (28 October) with the goal of educating internet users, promoting expansion of top level domains promoting the usage of domain names.The founding members serving on an Interim Board include ARI Registry Services, Demand Media, Donuts, FairWinds Partners, GoDaddy, Google, Momentous, United TLD and WhatBox?. DomainsBot Inc., Minds + Machines and RightOfTheDot, LLC are also founding members.”For too long the domain name industry has relied on ICANN to defend our commercial interests, even though this is not ICANN’s responsibility,” Adrian Kinderis, Chair of the Interim Board of the Domain Name Association Goldstein Report last week. “The formation of the Domain Name Association reflects a maturation of our industry in the corporate sphere and presents a united front in the promotion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the internet.””I strongly encourage everyone involved in the industry to join the Domain Name Association and contribute to our collective growth.”More information is in the news release below:New Non-Profit Launched to Support the Growth and Development of the Internet Domain Name Industry [news release]The Domain Name Association seeks to educate Internet users and promote expansion, usage of domain names; and curates educational resource whatdomain.orgAs the Internet faces a historic transformation with hundreds of new domain names coming online, an international nonprofit organization has been created to promote the interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption, and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet.The Domain Name Association (DNA), launched today by companies active in the Internet sector, will educate Internet users around the world about the benefits of domain names, with a specific focus on the imminent introduction of new Top-Level Domains which will revolutionize the way we navigate the Internet. The DNA will develop educational resources and campaigns to prepare users for these changes and support the success of the new domains.Membership is open to organizations involved in all aspects of managing domain names, including domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers. Founding members serving on an Interim Board include ARI Registry Services, Demand Media, Donuts, FairWinds Partners, GoDaddy, Google, Momentous, United TLD, and WhatBox?. DomainsBot Inc., Minds + Machines, and RightOfTheDot, LLC are also Founding members.The DNA aims to play a key role in helping individuals, businesses, and public-benefit organizations understand the benefits and take advantage of the upcoming expansion of Internet domains. It will also promote, advance, and support the common interests of the domain name industry with respect to provisioning, expanded adoption, and use of domain names.”The domain name industry sorely lacks a vocal advocacy body that is prepared to fight for our commercial interests, and this is the gap the Domain Name Association is going to fill as the first-ever domain name industry trade group,” said Adrian Kinderis, Chair of the Interim Board of the DNA.”As such, we are ideally placed to help Internet users learn about the upcoming new Top-Level Domains and to help them navigate the changing Internet landscape. We will also work to build trust, exchange ideas, educate, and raise awareness of domain related issues within the industry, and we invite all stakeholders in the domain name industry to join the DNA and work together in support of our shared objectives.”The DNA’s first priority will be to educate Internet users around the world about new Top-Level Domains. Many Internet users are unaware that these changes are coming and they may be confused when they first arrive. The DNA is already working to develop educational resources and campaigns to prepare end users for these changes and ensure the success of the new domains. An example of the group’s efforts is the informative website whatdomain.org, an educational resource about the new Top-Level Domain program.DNA membership is organized as a multi-tiered structure that accommodates various levels of interest and desire for participation in the work of the DNA. More information is available on the DNA website.Industry participants are invited to join the DNA to collaborate with peers to promote and ensure mutual success through a period of major change. DNA membership will solidify a company’s role as a critical player in the next phase of the growth of the Internet, with the opportunity to influence important industry policy decisions. Members can also leverage the DNA’s marketing and education programs in their own activities, and they will receive exclusive information via newsletters and bulletins, as well as access to research results.About the DNAThe Domain Name Association (the DNA) is a non-profit business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. It is independent and global in scope, and its membership is open to organizations involved in the provision, support, and sale of domain names, such as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.Founding members serving on an Interim Board include ARI Registry Services, Demand Media, Donuts, FairWinds Partners, GoDaddy, Google, Momentous, United TLD, and WhatBox?. DomainsBot Inc., Minds + Machines, and RightOfTheDot, LLC are also Founding members.The DNA’s mission is to promote the best interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption, and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet. More information is available at www.thedna.org.

New Domain Name Association To Represent Industry Launching October

A new domain name industry association is set to launch later this month with the goal of representing the entire domain name industry, positioning itself as an advocate for the commercial interests of maximising the value of all domain names.The new body is to be called the Domain Name Association and the momentum has come for the organisation with the launch of new generic top level domains on the horizon. The DNA is assuming a mandate to educate internet users about the benefits of new gTLDs with the intent of building trust, exchanging ideas, educating and raising awareness of domain related issues.”For too long the domain name industry has relied on ICANN to defend our commercial interests, even though this is not ICANN’s responsibility,” said Adrian Kinderis, Chair of the Interim Board of the Domain Name Association. “The formation of the Domain Name Association reflects a maturation of our industry in the corporate sphere and presents a united front in the promotion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the internet.”I strongly encourage everyone involved in the industry to join the Domain Name Association and contribute to our collective growth.”Founding members include ARI Registry Services, Demand Media, Donuts, FairWinds Partners, Go Daddy, Google, Momentous and United TLD while another 50 firms have expressed an interest in getting involved.Along with Kinderis as chair of the DNA’s interim board, who is also CEO of ARI Registry Services, other members of the interim board are Jeff Eckhaus of Demand Media, Statton Hammock of United TLD, Job Lawrence of Google, Jon Nevett of Donuts, Elizabeth Sweezey of FairWinds Partners and Richard Merdinger of Go Daddy.Membership in the DNA is open to organizations involved in all aspects of managing domain names, including domain name registries, registrars, resellers and registry service providers.The DNA has a website — thedna.org and also maintains an education site at whatdomain.org.