Michele Neylon

Blacknight’s Neylon joins ICANN’s GNSO council

Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon

22 November 2016

Michele Neylon, CEO of domain registrar and web host Blacknight, has been elected to the Generic Names Supporting Organisation Council of ICANN, the international organisation which coordinates the Internet’s naming systems.

Neylon is the first Irish person to serve on ICANN’s GNSO Council.

ICANN recently completed the transition of responsibility for internet addressing, from the US government to an international community of stakeholders. ICANN’s GNSO Council develops policy for generic domain names, such as .COM and .BLOG.

Neylon had recently completed three terms as chairperson of ICANN’s Registrar Stakeholder Group, and at ICANN’s General Meeting in Hyderabad, India, sat as a representative of the registrars, on the council of the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO).

The GNSO Council of ICANN is responsible for policies regarding generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). These include traditional domains like .COM, and .ORG, but excludes so-called country-code domains, such as .IE or .UK.

In recent years, there has been a huge expansion in generic domains, to several hundreds of new gTLDs, ranging from .LIVE and .BLOG, to .BEER and .PIZZA.

“Blacknight is Ireland’s largest domain registrar, but we are small by US standards. Similarly, European registrars operate under a different data protection regime, as well as catering for a more multilingual customer base. Part of my job is to make sure that we find solutions that work for registrars of all sizes and in all regions,” said Neylon.


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