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TOP 10 PANELISTS AT NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY from COFFEE.CLUB
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Facebook Sues Lawyers of Discredited “Co-Founder” Paul Ceglia
Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sued a handful of...
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California Bars Online Retailers From Fining For Posting Negative Reviews
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DO WE NEED A DOMAIN NAME ASSOCIATION?
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Twitter Reviews Policies After Robin Williams’s Daughter Abused
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National Arbitration Forum is not Friendly to Domainers
This is our 6 month recap on NAF decisions...
Here is our semi-annual listing of the “Good Guys” from WIPO
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U.S. Supreme Court to Decide if FACEBOOK Threats Are Real
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important...
China calls for ‘severe punishment’ for Google, Apple, U.S. tech firms
Chinese state media lashed out at Google Inc, Apple...
Egypt Exhibits Yet Another Example Of Government Interference on the Internet
Egypt’s police force is seeking to build a surveillance...
New lawsuit accuses Google of AdSense fraud
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CALIFORNIA v. NSA – WHO WINS?
The federal government would need a warrant from a...
People have a right to be forgotten on the Internet
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Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’
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INTERNET FREEDOM CALL TO ACTION
MICHAEL CASTELLO, a very well-known name in the domain...
GOOGLE IS THE 2ND LARGEST LOBBYIST IN THE U.S.
In May, 2012, the law school at George Mason...
No More “BIG BANG THEORY” In China
Four U.S. television shows, including “The Big Bang Theory”...
Authoritarians accept Obama’s invitation to take Internet control.
The Obama administration still doesn’t seem to understand the...
FACEBOOK Tells businesses if they want folks to see their posts – pay up!
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China is Cracking Down on Internet News and Porn
China has unfurled a vigorous new campaign to “clean...
Obama Administration Backpedals on Giving up ICANN Oversight
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Obama Administration Backs Down from giving away ICANN Oversight
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Congressman Todd Rokita and Colleagues Seek Review of Obama Plan to Relinquish U.S. Oversight of the Internet
Representatives Todd Rokita, John Shimkus (IL-15), and Marsha Blackburn...
Bill Clinton Would Prefer U.S. Oversight of the Internet
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DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new URS – PART IV – APPELLATE PROCESS
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DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new URS – PART III
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Facebook Claimant Ceglia Loses Bid to Dismiss Fraud Case
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DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new URS – PART II
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Judge Orders Domainer to Pay Trump $32,000 in Damages
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DOMAINERS BEWARE! The new gTLD extensions are all subject to the new URS. How will that effect you?
The URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension System) is intended to...
Top Websites Refuse to Accept Marijuana Ads
Stores can sell marijuana in Colorado and Washington but...
Jailed Alabama Blogger’s Case Tests First Amendment
For over six years, Roger Shuler has hounded figures...
Facebook User Sues Over Falsified ‘Likes’ Endorsements
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Time for the NAF 2013 TOP TEN
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Time for the WIPO 2013 TOP TEN
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And Another One Bites the Dust
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GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, YAHOO! Beefing up Codes to Deter NSA
Leave it to private enterprise to stick it to...
Homeland Security must disclose cell network ‘kill switch’ protocols Court Rules
Homeland Security’s ability to shut down cellular and wireless...
WIPO Panelist Provides Comprehensive Analysis of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
Panelist Tony Willoughby has provided the most complete analysis...
This is Why Domain Investors Need the Internet Commerce Association
I recently received an email from Nat Cohen that...
WIPO Panelists Want to Change “Bad Faith” Standard to Favor Complainants
I generally do not repeat articles from other blogs...
Having Disclaimer Wins UDRP
A National Arbitration Forum panel has denied the claim...
Anonymous comments could suffer under European Court of Human Rights ruling
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has issued...
Mugged by a Mug Shot Online
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NSA Using Data to Graph Social Connections
Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting...
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. EAST 2013 ATTRACTS gTLD APPLICANTS
In Less than 4 weeks the Domain Industry will...
Users Sue LinkedIn Over Harvesting of E-Mail
Four LinkedIn users have filed a lawsuit accusing the...
Facebook ‘Like’ Is Protected Speech, Appeals Court Says
Using Facebook Inc.’s “Like” feature to show support for...
Judge Limits Search Warrants for Emails
Can law enforcement obtain a search warrant to dig...
NAF Finds Reverse Domain Name Hijacking of Consuela.com
In a new National Arbitration forum Decision in Consuela,...
GIVE THE GOVERNMENT AN INCH AND IT TAKES A MILE
The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies...
CONGRESS IS NOT INTERESTED IN PROTECTING OUR RIGHTS TO PRIVACY
A deeply divided House defeated legislation Wednesday that would...
Twitter surrenders anti-Semitic tweet info to France
Twitter has finally released data on anti-Semitic tweets to...
HERE ARE THE NAF PANELISTS THAT DENY CLAIMS
Here is our 6 month review of Panelists who...
Here is the List of the Best WIPO Panelists for Domainer Respondents
Here is our semi-annual report of those panelists who...
FDA shuts down 1,677 online pharmacies
The prices may look tempting, but ordering from an...
Secret Court Ruling Puts YAHOO! in a Bind
In a secret court in Washington, Yahoo’s top lawyers...
Big 3 Internet Companies Want to Disclose Security Requests
Three of the largest Internet companies called on the...
NSA, FBI Tapping Into Servers of U.S. Internet Companies
George Orwell’s vision of the future in the 1930’s,...
GOOGLE beats FACEBOOK in Popularity
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The Internet Revolution: What Should We Expect
The Internet revolution is in full swing. Changes are...
Google faces new federal antitrust probe
U.S. regulators are in the early stages of an...
WILL TUMBLR HELP YAHOO!?
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Facebook Tells Appellate Court to ‘Like’ Decision
Facebook’s “Like” feature is vital to 500 million people...
Senate Passes Bill to Collect Sales Tax on the Web
A bipartisan coalition in the Senate easily passed legislation...
ALL WEB SALES SOON TO BE TAXABLE
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MICHAEL GILMOUR TALKS ABOUT T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
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The IRS doesn’t believe it needs a search warrant to read your e-mail.
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NEW BENCHMARK IN REVERSE DOMAIN NAME HIJACKING
A National Arbitration forum Panelist, Paul M. DeCicco, has...
Google fights FBI’s warrantless National Security Letters
GOOGLE is the first major company to openly challenge...
My domains have been “Frozen”
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NEUSNEWS.COM HAS A NEU LOOK FOR OUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY
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AMAZON’S QUEST FOR NEW GTLDS DRAWS OPPOSITION
Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the...
ANDREW ETEMADI, FOUNDER AND CTO OF EYEMAGINE, FOUND GUILTY OF RDNH
“ finding of is warranted if the Complainant...
ATTORNEY BERRYHILL GETS NAF PANEL TO RULE REVERSE DOMAIN NAME HIJACKING
The National Arbitration Forum panels are beginning to catch...
NAF SETS NEW PRECEDENT IN DENYING A COMPLAINT SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF LACHES
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ONLY 2 NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM PANELS FOUND REVERSE DOMAIN HIJACKING IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS
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WHO ARE THE TOP TEN PANELISTS THAT DENY COMPLAINTS AT WIPO?
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RUSSIAN COALITION WITHDRAWS INTERNET PLAN
If you read my blog yesterday, you saw that...
INTERNET GOVERNANCE TALKS IN JEOPARDY
A 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, taking...
OBAMA SIGNS SAFE WEB ACT INTO LAW
The new law expands the FTC’s powers so it...
INTERNET REGULATION TO DOMINATE GLOBAL SUMMIT
An unprecedented debate over how the global Internet is...
A NEW WEB SITE IS NOW UP WHICH WILL PROVIDE ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR ALL OF YOUR INTERNET LEGAL NEEDS
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CREEPING INTERNET CENSORSHIP HITS AGAIN – THIS TIME IT IS THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Government crackdowns on Internet dissidents and bloggers in the...
GOOGLE BLOCKED IN CHINA AS COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS BEGINS
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ELECTION OFFICIALS OVERWHELMED BY E-MAIL VOTING
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DONUTS’ GRAB FOR DOMAINS RAISES FEARS OF CYBERSQUATTING
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CHINA BLOCKS ACCESS TO NEW YORK TIMES WEBSITE
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IS ICANN ABOUT TO GET A MAJOR COMPETITOR?
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D O J REVIEWING VERISIGN DOTCOM CONTRACT WITH ICANN
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FACEBOOK FACES ANTI-TRUST LAW SUIT
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GOOGLE V. FRANCE – WHO WILL WIN THIS BATTLE?
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THE URS IS COMING – BUT WHO WILL ENFORCE IT?
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WHICH COUNTRIES CENSOR THE INTERNET THE MOST?
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JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF BRAZIL GOOGLE PRESIDENT
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FBI RENEWS REQUEST FOR NEW INTERNET SURVEILLANCE LAWS
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ANOTHER ASIAN COUNTRY CRACKS DOWN ON FREE SPEECH ON THE INTERNET- AND IT IS STILL NOT CHINA
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AN ASIAN GOVERNMENT IS CRACKING DOWN ON INTERNET FREEDOM, AND IT ISN’T CHINA
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GOOGLE TO PAY RECORD FINE OVER SAFARI PRIVACY VIOLATION
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CONGRESS RAISES NEW CONCERNS ABOUT NEW gTLDs
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CONGRESS RESISTS CONTROL OF INTERNET PASSING TO U.N. AGENCY
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ARE AFFILIATE NETWORKS REALLY VIABLE IN THE LONG-TERM?
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WHO ARE THE TOP TEN PANELISTS THAT DENY COMPLAINTS AT THE NATIONAL ARBITRATION FORUM?
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WHO ARE THE TOP TEN PANELISTS THAT DENY COMPLAINTS AT WIPO?
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GOOGLE IN DEAL WITH FRENCH GROUPS OVER ‘JEW’ SUGGESTION
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HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTES TO PREVENT U.N. INTERNET REGULATION
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SAVEME.COM WINS REVERSE DOMAIN HIJACKING DECISION AT WIPO
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FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE IS FORMING THE INTERNET DEFENSE LEAGUE
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August 27th, 2014
DO WE NEED A DOMAIN NAME ASSOCIATION?

My good friend Michael Gilmour blogs under the name Whizzbangsblog. He has been writing and investigating whether or not the domain investment industry is represented by either the dan.org or the ICA. I have taken the liberty of re-publishing his latest blog and welcome your comments on the questions that he poses.

A Domain Name Association – part 6
Posted by Michael Gilmour on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I had an interesting question in one of the forums about the topic of a domain industry association. The question was, ‘Why is Michael doing this?’ This question really caused me to think why I was spending time thinking about a domain association and it justified an answer.

I looked at the two associations (thedna.org and ICA) and it was clear to me that they really didn’t represent the interests of the typical domain owner in any way. For a start I have a real problem with any association where board seats can effectively be purchased. This is fine for companies where profit is the motive but in my opinion it is not OK for an association.

If an association is to truly represent members then EVERYONE needs to have an opportunity for a board seat….hence the concept of classes of members and an allocation of board seats per class that individuals could potentially win via an election in their class.

There also needed to be different fees per class (hence the financially modelling at the end of the presentation). The great majority of domain investors aren’t able to afford $5K/year but many would put up their hand for $250/year.

Given the challenges I saw with the current associations I wanted to push the discussion forward in such a manner that it at least reached the two associations and a dialogue established at the domain investor level. So where am I at with my goals?

1. The ICA was represented by Andee Hill in the webinar (she is not a director of the ICA). The other directors of the ICA are trying to work out when they are able to jump on a call with me…..I think that many of them have been on vacation.
2. I have been contacted by the chairman of thedna.org and he is connecting me with the CEO. They are completely open to everything to embracing domain investors. This includes changing their constitution to ensure that domain investors have representation at the board level. It was actually a refreshing conversation with the chairman.

I find that the bigger challenge is to engage the domain investment community themselves. What has surprised me is the general apathy towards both associations and the discussion itself. There appears to be a disconnect in the VALUE provided by either association for domain investors. This could be a function of us tending to be “lone wolves” but I actually don’t believe this is the cas e as domain communities do exist. Fundamentally I believe that both associations have failed to prove their value…..and more importantly for me…….I’ve failed in someway to proactively engage the community as well.

For example, out of the whole industry about 9 people said they would attend the webinar…..6 turned up. I’ve run webinars before on topics such as selling domains and had 18 people say they would turn up and 18 did. Just for the record I think that anything over about 15 people can become quite unwieldy. What’s interesting is that over 500 people have read each of the articles in the series on “A domain association”. This tells me that the topic is important to people but they aren’t willing to engage as yet.

I would be interested to know if I am interpreting this correctly. I would also like any ideas on how we, as a community, can engage more effectively on the topic. Or, maybe we shouldn’t and just let the chips fall where they fall . Should I run another webinar? Is the time wrong etc. Any feedback would be well received…..can’t promise that I can do something but I would like to do my best and try.

I liked the picture of the key for this article as it has two sides to it. If only one side was present then the key wouldn’t work. What we really need is for domain investors to speak to complete their side of the key and get their point of view across to the associations…….and myself for that matter. It’s through an engaging dialogue that a better outcome for us all can be achieved.

I look forward to your feedback and comments.

5 thoughts on “DO WE NEED A DOMAIN NAME ASSOCIATION?

  1. John, you raised some interesting points that I hope to answer here….BTW, there are five more parts to the domain association series on my blog whizzbangsblog.com if you’re interested.
    1. I agree with you that we are a fragmented and quite often a “lone wolf” community. The problem is that many of us view the Internet as a small pool rather than a large ocean and this brings on a competitive mindset. If you get a domain then it’s one more that I didn’t get……
    2. The structure I proposed means that the large corporates can’t hijack the association as the small domain owner has just as big a voice as the large corporate around the board table.

    Steve – many thanks for your kind comments and I agree with you about the new/old guard.

    John – I agree with you about an association trying to be a more friendly place. Earlier this year I introduced a social network component to my blog so that domain owners could begin to engage one another.

    DrDomainer – We need lots of water!

  2. I should admit at the outset that I am, myself, rather vague on the aims / agenda and the constitution / representation of these domain organizations … with the result that I tend to be, in practice, largely apathetic to them — when perhaps I shouldn’t be.

    Most domainers are not full time domainers. So you have the usual impediments to participation. People are busy or not fully informed; so they don’t take part. Citizens don’t always vote. Home owners are seldom eager to show up at HOA meetings — unless directly imperiled. Stock holders mostly throw away leaflets about voting for the company’s new board of directors.

    That’s not the chief problem, though. I’d identify 2 issues that I think are (if not more to blame) certainly harder to cure:

    (1) I regard the phrase “domaining community” as something of an oxymoron. Compared to literally every other context of interpersonal interaction I have ever encountered in my lifetime, engaging with the “domain community” has meant FAR FAR FAR less cooperation. I’m not referring simply to business partnerships. From the beginning of my own involvement about 3 years ago, I’ve noticed a singularly non-cooperative spirit.

    Perhaps domaining attracts a larger share of loners or more people motivated by a get-rich-quick mentality. I’m not saying all domainers are greedy narcissists. I’m a domainer myself, after all; and I’ve met enough people to know that’s not the case. But per capita, I think the domaining world is distinctly allergic to teamwork. Maybe I’ll be pelted with tomatoes for voicing this idea, and that might partly prove my point.

    Yes, there is camaraderie. Sometimes it’s sincere, but mostly it’s no more than skin deep. The typical domainer regards other domainers primarily as people to extract money from. Not everybody does so. But it’s more true of the “domaining community” than of any real-world community, united by common interests. Such common interests as domainers share are more abstract and less immediate than the usual two-sided adversarial role of buyer/seller. Further hurting this sense of cooperation is the fact that most domainers never meet in person.

    (2) The other problem may be intrinsically unfixable. Different camps within the domain industry have irreconcilably conflicting interests. What’s best for a large company whose customers are domainers is often diametrically opposed to what’s best for those individual “little guy” domainers. Not all companies behave in a parasitic or predatory fashion, but quite a few do. It’s what anybody should expect from an industry that remains largely unregulated.

    Michael Gilmour advocates for lowering the cost of participation in these organizations and adding some structure to guarantee wider and more equitable representation. On the face of things, that sounds like a very good idea.

    But then I ask myself if I’d want to hand over my money as a tiny individual domain invesetor. Would I? Honestly, I’d expect companies to put in enough money, either directly or through manipulation of communication channels, to offset the influence of people like me. Then my small contribution could (theoretically) end up used in ways that contravene my individual interests.

    There’s nothing nefarious or even new in this process or my concerns about it. Look at national politics. Large corporate interests tend to control the outcomes of nomination, election, and legislative processes that are ostensibly or nominally determined by individuals. The more or less democratic societies we (most of us) live in have evolved ways to address such problems. Specifically, we congregate in fractured, competing groups. That’s a good thing.

    So I’m highly dubious that 100% of the “domain community” can be or should be represented by 1 organization.

    Hopefully I haven’t offended anybody by criticizing the domaining world’s comparative lack of teamwork. I’m a domainer myself; and, to the extent that I’m dissatisfied with the culture, I’m criticizing MY OWN from the inside and hopeful that it can be gradually changed.

    Sorry for being so long-winded.

  3. I like the association model Michael proposes. It will give every group a voice. John has a point too. One reason I went to the first Namescon was to see the collision of the newbies vs the old guard. Things are definitely changing as a new group much larger than the current group(s) enters the industry. The domain industry needs to cast a wider net to organize them all and give them voices in the industry. The tld owners also need inclusion at some level.

  4. To the average domain investor looking into this industry I’m sure it seems to him or her that there is an inside group of people, the crowd that has taken initiative in becoming the outspoken voice of the domain industry. While these people are extremely active I find it takes any initiative away from those we don’t normally hear from. I for one have so many tasks to complete from day to day that when I do read about the associations it’s almost vague what they stand for or how they can help me in any way (or whom they are trying to help for that matter). I think there needs to be a friendlier side of the association, one that invites people to introduce themselves and become part of a larger community rather than simply reading the latest UDRP or big domain that sold. Just a thought.