Author Archive | Michele Neylon

People stand near the padlock. Protection of personal data and cyber protection. Protection of human rights and minorities. Limiting civil liberties, digital dictatorship. Protection, safety networks

Talking Human Rights and Business at the UN

Next week I’ll be in Paris for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The event, which is now in its 13th year, is held under the auspices of the United Nations, with this year’s edition being held in the UNESCO buildings in central Paris. The IGF tends to attract a varied group of people from government, […]

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ICANN Changing the DNS Root Crypto Keys Today

At 1600 UTC today (1700 Dublin time) ICANN will be doing a “key rollover” of the DNS root. What that means in plain English (and I’m really really simplifying this)  is that the underlying DNS root infrastructure that runs all domains around the world is getting an “oil change”. It won’t impact most internet users. […]

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Talking ICANN, GDPR and Domains in Rio

Next week I’ll be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Domaining Americas. It’s the first time the event is being held, but hopefully it won’t be the last. I’ll be speaking on a couple of topics: ICANN – there’ll be a panel featuring myself, Daniel Fink from ICANN’s Latin American team and Olga Cavalli, […]

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Say NO to the Filternet!

Copyright is important to protect content creators. That’s not a problem in itself, however some of the proposals that governments have come up with over the years to help protect and enforce copyright have gone way too far. The EU copyright reforms have been under discussion for several years and while the “spirit” of the […]

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Brexit Impact on .EU Domains

We are a domain name registrar and hosting provider, so we aren’t going to get embroiled in a philosophical debate about Brexit. We, do, however care deeply about how Brexit can impact our clients and there is a tangible impact of Brexit on some of our clients and the products and services we provide them […]

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Get Online and Support Charity!

Would you like to get your business online? How about setting up a website in under 20 minutes? If you said yes to either or both of those questions then maybe you should attend our upcoming workshop here in Carlow, which we are holding in collaboration with Carlow Chamber. The event will be held in […]

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Don’t Scare Away Your Customers

With the release of Chrome 68 (July 24th 2018) if your website doesn’t have an SSL secure certificate visitors to it are going to get a fairly scary message. Why? Google has been pushing for HTTPS everywhere for some time. Over the last year the Chrome browser, which has around 60% of the global browser […]

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Keeping More Data in the European Union

We’ve written quite a bit over the last few months about data protection, privacy and, of course, GDPR. We’ve always been very cautious about how our data and that of our clients is handled. Wherever possible we’ve always tried to keep data in Ireland or at least firmly within the European Union. However in some […]

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What can law Enforcement Expect From us?

A few weeks ago I wrote about how and why we’re planning on doing a transparency report. The rationale behind providing the transparency report is fairly self-evident. However if we’re going to be transparent about what people are asking us for, whether those requests are valid or not, then we should be transparent with third […]

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