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Here's the The Lowdown from DN Journal,
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to fill you in on the latest buzz going around the domain name industry. 

The Lowdown is compiled by DN Journal Editor & Publisher Ron Jackson.

Domain Industry Expert George Kirikos Launched a New Blog at FreeSpeech.com and The Fireworks Have Already Begun

If you been in the domain business for any appreciable length of time, odds are you are already familiar with industry veteran George Kirikos who, in addition to his record of success in domain investing and development, also operates Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc. 

from his home base in Toronto. When we launched DNJournal.com in 2003 George was already widely known for the quality of his domain and website holdings. Examples include Math.com (which serves millions of visitors annually) and a more recent acquisition,

 

School.com. Kirikos also has Options.com and StockOptions.com under development in the financial arena, and many others in an assortment of industry verticals.

The financial domains fall in Kirikos' wheelhouse - he holds both Bachelor's and Masters Degrees in Economics from the University of Toronto. For years now he has used those skills to uncover previously unreported major domain sales and acquisitions while poring through public  corporate filings. If you are a regular reader of our weekly domain sale report you have seen Kirikos credited for finding some of the biggest sales that have ever appeared on our sales charts (sales that likely would have remained undiscovered to this day if George hard not dug them out).

Over the years Kirikos has proven to be just as adept at uncovering actions that threaten domain registrant's rights, especially when it comes to governance issues handled by ICANN, the overseer of the global domain name system. Since the early days of domain forums and more recently on his Twitter feed, Kirikos has repeatedly taken ICANN to task. 

The matters he has brought to light left many encouraging him to start his own blog so he would have full control of an important "soap box" and have room for more in-depth commentary that Twitter's 240-character limit allows. Kirikos has finally heeded that call by launching his new blog on one of his marquee domains - one perfect for this application - FreeSpeech.com. In his first post on April 5, 2019, he discussed some of his background and his plans for the new site. 

Not surprisingly, ICANN quickly became the hottest topic on FreeSpeech.com when they banned Kirikos from membership on any of their working groups shortly after his blog was launched (for the past three years, George has been a member of ICANN's RPM PDP working group, which is chartered to review ICANNís UDRP and other policies that affect domain name registrants). That move came shortly after Kirikos had revealed in an earlier post the same day that his position was being threatened due to his critical commentary.

You can bet these early fireworks will not be the last at FreeSpeech.com. Kirikos's record of  straight forward, no punches pulled commentary on a wide variety of industry matters warrants adding a bookmark to his blog if you want to hear both sides of the industry's hot topics as well as broader issues beyond the domain world related to free speech. 

 

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