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Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

Facebook is Celebrating Internaut Day – Should We?

We’ve already celebrated the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. On 12 March 1989 Tim Berners-Lee submitted his original proposal for a distributed system of hyperlinked documents on the internet. Just over two years later, the web went public, when Berners -Lee began posting details of The WWW Project on newsgroups, beginning on 6 August 1991. […]

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IEDR Wants YOUR Input! Should An Aftermarket For IE Domains Be Allowed?

Over the past year or so I’ve been involved with the IEDR’s Policy Advisory Committee along with representatives from other registrars, the Irish government and a variety of other stakeholder organisations. So far we’ve been working our way through a number of policy changes that have been on the table for some time. Some of the […]

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The IANA Transition Cannot Be Held Hostage

Back in March 2014 the US government, via the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is part of the US Department of Commerce, signalled that it was ready to decouple the US government from the IANA functions. While the announcement from NTIA may have come as a surprise to some, it was something that had been […]

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ICANN 55 Next Week In Marrakech

As you may know, ICANN holds three public meetings every year. The most recent one, ICANN 54, was held in Dublin ie. just up the road! Remember the numbers from that one? So the next meeting is being held in Marrakech, Morocco. It starts “officially” next Saturday, though I will need to head over on Thursday […]

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Lack Of Safe Harbor Could Hurt

If you have an even passing interest in privacy you’ll probably be aware that “Safe Harbor” is dead. Safe Harbor (sic) was, essentially, an agreement that allowed for the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US safely. Essentially US companies agreed that they’d apply the same standards of privacy (and security) to […]

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Doing Some Lobbying “On The Hill”

Just over a week ago I was in Washington DC as part of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition‘s delegation. Over the course of two days we met with quite a few Hill staffers, congress people and representatives. It was a fascinating experience, though also incredibly tiring. Why does Blacknight care? Blacknight is an Irish company. While […]

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