Blacknight’s Michele Neylon elected secretary of ICANN Registrar Group

24 Oct 2012

Blacknight’s founding director has been elected to the position of secretary of the Registrar Stakeholder Group of the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organisation that decides the naming systems for the internet.

Neylon’s group actively works to ensure the interests of domain name registrars and their customers are actively advanced.

The Registrar Stakeholder Group has played a very active role in policy development and other ICANN processes.

“I’m both honoured and delighted to have been elected to the executive committee as the only European member,” Neylon explains.

“The internet, ICANN and the web business in general are currently undergoing many changes and face a lot of challenges. It is a privilege to have been chosen to help guide the organisation through this process.

“Being a voice for registrars and our clients is key to being able to protect our clients’ best interests while allowing our businesses to flourish and grow. The future of the internet and domain space depends on the ability of those in advisory positions to remain open minded and committed to innovation,” said Neylon.

Other executive committee members include Matt Serlin of MarkMonitor who acts as chair, Jeff Eckhaus of Demand Media who acts as vice-chair/CTO, and James Bladel of GoDaddy, who acts as treasurer.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years