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Heavy Hitters Converged in Seattle Last Week for Domain Name Association Summit

A lot of heavy hitters from both inside and outside of the domain industry got together in Seattle last week for The Domain Name Association's first Healthy Domains Initiative Summit The event - organized by the  industry trade association to  foster healthy growth within the domain name ecosystem - assembled  a diverse group of 77 representatives across multiple industries including registries, registrars, law enforcement agencies, civil society, child protection experts, illegal pharmacy authorities, and content providers. 

Some of the noteworthy attendees were the FBI, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.  The event's focus was to establish guidelines for industry-recommended best practices and measures for self-regulation.

Adrian Kinderis, VP Corporate Development at Neustar and Chairman of The DNA, said, "The DNA continually demonstrates creative innovation to support the importance and utility of 

Adrian Kinderis
Domain Name Association Chairman

domain names. This Healthy Domains Initiative is an important step forward to ensure we work collaboratively with our peers toward a more secure and stable Internet naming system." 

The agenda was developed with three founding principles in mind:

  • Establishing a network of industry partners focused on the creation and ongoing maintenance of a healthy domain ecosystem via effective communication and collaboration; 

  • Developing industry-focused policy guidelines, recommended best practices and success metrics that result in tangible ways of identifying and promoting positive standards for healthy domains; and,

  • Demonstrating to the regulatory community a positive example of self-governing.

The summit's discussion focused on domain name industry best practices principles and programs.  The group will now work to categorize and analyze the current landscape of online abuse to determine where the initial priorities should be focused.  In addition, working groups were formed to discuss a potential first set of recommended best practices programs that could be implemented.

The Director of GoDaddy's Digital Crimes Unit, Ben Butler, said "All summit attendees view the domain name system from unique perspectives. This diversity gives great insight when we're working toward a common goal. The group rolled up their sleeves with a collective focus on ensuring the namespace grows in a healthy way." Statton Hammock, Rightside Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, added, "I applaud the efforts of The DNA and HDI for this proactive initiative and for their inclusive approach. It was a productive summit and we are encouraged by the positive direction this effort is taking."

(Posted February 16, 2016)  

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