Kieren McCarthy

Kieren McCarthy

Freelance journalist; Executive Director at IFFOR
Joined on July 9, 2006
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About

I am a freelance journalist based in the United States who has covered the internet and DNS fields for roughly 20 years, writing mostly in The Register.

I am also the Executive Director of IFFOR, an independent policy body for top-level domains. Before that I was CEO of .Nxt - a company that covered the Internet policy and governance fields. And before that I was ICANN’s general manager for public participation. I wrote a book about the fascinating battle over the domain sex.com, and I called it Sex.com. I have other books in the works. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a very nice part of the world.

Except where otherwise noted, all postings by Kieren McCarthy on CircleID are licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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2020 - Feb 19 on Stop Propagating False Information About the .ORG Transaction
2017 - Aug 08 on Slovaks Worry About the Future of Their Country's .SK TLD
2016 - Mar 01 on How Much Has ICANN Spent On The IANA Transition?
2016 - Mar 01 on Moving Forward Towards NetMundial 5+: Focus on Principles and Roadmap
2016 - Mar 01 on How Much Has ICANN Spent On The IANA Transition?
2015 - Nov 10 on Verisign Should Clear Up the Paid "Analysts" Controversy
2015 - Sep 25 on ICANN Accountability: Beware the Bridge Too Far
2015 - Sep 25 on ICANN Accountability: Beware the Bridge Too Far
2015 - Jul 31 on Out of .Africa - Process Failures Don't Change the Facts
2015 - Jul 31 on Out of .Africa - Process Failures Don't Change the Facts
2015 - Jul 27 on Out of .Africa - Process Failures Don't Change the Facts
2015 - Jul 26 on Out of .Africa - Process Failures Don't Change the Facts
2015 - Jul 24 on Rage Against the ICANN Machine
2015 - Jul 17 on Rage Against the ICANN Machine
2014 - Sep 12 on ICANN Board Appoints 2015 NomCom Chair
2013 - Dec 03 on Learning to Love the WTO: How Trade Policy Can Save Open Internet - and Bridge the Digital Divide
2012 - Jun 26 on A History of Holding ICANN to Account
2012 - Jun 05 on ICANN Gets Crazy... Again!
2012 - Apr 16 on After ICANN's TLD Application System Glitch, Communication Is the Key
2012 - Apr 15 on After ICANN's TLD Application System Glitch, Communication Is the Key
2012 - Apr 14 on After ICANN's TLD Application System Glitch, Communication Is the Key
2012 - Apr 13 on After ICANN's TLD Application System Glitch, Communication Is the Key
2012 - Apr 13 on After ICANN's TLD Application System Glitch, Communication Is the Key
2012 - Jan 16 on What ICANN is Doing Wrong
2012 - Jan 15 on What ICANN is Doing Wrong
2011 - Dec 21 on ICANN's Internet Users Representatives Decry New Top-Level Domain Implementation
2011 - Dec 21 on ICANN's Internet Users Representatives Decry New Top-Level Domain Implementation
2011 - Sep 10 on Removing Principle of Confidentiality in ICANN's NomCom is a Bad Idea
2011 - Aug 10 on ICANN Finds Its Voice
2011 - Aug 10 on ICANN Finds Its Voice
2011 - Aug 05 on Does ICANN Need to Evolve Its Code of Conduct?
2011 - Aug 03 on Does ICANN Need to Evolve Its Code of Conduct?
2011 - May 31 on The gTLD Boondoggle
2011 - May 16 on The ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team Recommendations: To Implementation, And Beyond
2011 - Mar 15 on Why ICANN Isn't Being Very Sensible: Part I - .brands
2011 - Mar 13 on Concerns About ICANN's Bylaws Shouldn't Bog Down Board/GAC Discussions
2011 - Feb 04 on New gTLD Program to Be Finalized After June ICANN Meeting
2011 - Feb 01 on San Francisco is the Best Place to Kick Off the New gTLD Program
2011 - Jan 19 on Insight: .JOBS and New TLD's - Are You Paying Attention?
2011 - Jan 18 on New gTLDs Differentiation: Do Good
2010 - Sep 30 on Come to the First Ever Dedicated New gTLD Conference: .nxt
2010 - Aug 18 on Openness and Transparency: ICANN Takes an Important Step in the Right Direction
2010 - Aug 18 on Openness and Transparency: ICANN Takes an Important Step in the Right Direction
2010 - Aug 18 on Openness and Transparency: ICANN Takes an Important Step in the Right Direction
2010 - Aug 10 on New gTLDs and Their Hidden Costs: Part 1
2010 - Aug 06 on New gTLDs and Their Hidden Costs: Part 1
2010 - Jun 11 on ICANN Reloaded - Will They Ever Learn?
2010 - Jun 11 on ICANN Reloaded - Will They Ever Learn?
2010 - Feb 26 on Nominet Passes Governance Test With Flying Colours
2010 - Feb 23 on XXX Saga Continues
2010 - Feb 22 on Will Stonewalling on .xxx Be Beckstrom's First Big Mistake?
2010 - Feb 22 on Will Stonewalling on .xxx Be Beckstrom's First Big Mistake?
2010 - Feb 22 on Will Stonewalling on .xxx Be Beckstrom's First Big Mistake?
2010 - Feb 22 on Will Stonewalling on .xxx Be Beckstrom's First Big Mistake?
2010 - Jan 23 on Top Three Reasons to Just Say No to ICANN’s Current EOI gTLD Proposal
2010 - Jan 22 on Top Three Reasons to Just Say No to ICANN’s Current EOI gTLD Proposal
2010 - Jan 21 on Top Three Reasons to Just Say No to ICANN’s Current EOI gTLD Proposal
2009 - Aug 05 on When It Comes to gTLDs, Follow the Money (Part 2)
2009 - Aug 04 on When It Comes to gTLDs, Follow the Money (Part 2)
2009 - Aug 04 on When It Comes to gTLDs, Follow the Money (Part 1)
2009 - Jul 30 on When It Comes to gTLDs, Follow the Money (Part 1)
2009 - Jun 18 on How is ICANN Spending Your Money?
2009 - Jun 18 on How is ICANN Spending Your Money?
2009 - Jun 18 on How is ICANN Spending Your Money?
2009 - May 20 on Twitter and Web Globalization
2009 - May 11 on ICANN's New gTLD Timetable: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
2009 - Apr 29 on ICA to ICANN: The IRT Must Open Up Or Be Stripped of Official Status and Support
2009 - Feb 19 on Your Comments Front and Center in ICANN New gTLD Process
2009 - Feb 19 on Your Comments Front and Center in ICANN New gTLD Process
2009 - Feb 19 on I Am Not an IP Address, I Am a Free Man... and a Potential Customer
2009 - Jan 09 on ICANN Uses For-Profit Companies as "Comparables" in Its Employee Compensation
2009 - Jan 08 on ICANN Uses For-Profit Companies as "Comparables" in Its Employee Compensation
2009 - Jan 07 on ICANN's gTLD Proposal Hits a Wall: Now What?
2009 - Jan 07 on ICANN's gTLD Proposal Hits a Wall: Now What?
2009 - Jan 07 on ICANN's gTLD Proposal Hits a Wall: Now What?
2009 - Jan 07 on ICANN Uses For-Profit Companies as "Comparables" in Its Employee Compensation
2009 - Jan 06 on ICANN Uses For-Profit Companies as "Comparables" in Its Employee Compensation
2009 - Jan 06 on ICANN Uses For-Profit Companies as "Comparables" in Its Employee Compensation
2009 - Jan 05 on ICANN's gTLD Proposal Hits a Wall: Now What?
2009 - Jan 05 on ICANN Uses For-Profit Companies as "Comparables" in Its Employee Compensation
2008 - Oct 24 on Will VeriSign Be Able to Engage in Tiered Pricing for .com Soon?
2008 - Oct 24 on Cluck, Cluck... ICANN and Contract Compliance Enforcement
2008 - Oct 24 on Will VeriSign Be Able to Engage in Tiered Pricing for .com Soon?
2008 - Oct 20 on Cluck, Cluck... ICANN and Contract Compliance Enforcement
2008 - Oct 14 on How Can ICANN Improve Institutional Confidence?
2008 - Oct 14 on Cluck, Cluck... ICANN and Contract Compliance Enforcement
2008 - Oct 14 on Cluck, Cluck... ICANN and Contract Compliance Enforcement
2008 - Oct 13 on Cluck, Cluck... ICANN and Contract Compliance Enforcement
2007 - Apr 16 on Splitting the Root: It's Too Late
2007 - Mar 16 on The Real Problem with dot-XXX
2007 - Mar 14 on The Real Problem with dot-XXX
2006 - Nov 26 on Internationalizing the Internet
2006 - Oct 20 on What Will Be the Outcome of the Internet Governance Forum Meeting in Athens?
2006 - Oct 18 on Spamming the News Cycle: Spamhaus Non-Story Goes Viral
2006 - Oct 16 on Spamming the News Cycle: Spamhaus Non-Story Goes Viral
2006 - Oct 14 on Spamming the News Cycle: Spamhaus Non-Story Goes Viral
2006 - Oct 14 on Spamming the News Cycle: Spamhaus Non-Story Goes Viral
2006 - Oct 13 on ICANN Sacrifices Privacy for Shot at Independence
2006 - Oct 12 on ICANN Sacrifices Privacy for Shot at Independence
2006 - Oct 11 on ICANN Sacrifices Privacy for Shot at Independence
2006 - Oct 08 on Another View of the New ICANN-DoC Agreement
2006 - Oct 07 on Another View of the New ICANN-DoC Agreement
2006 - Oct 07 on Another View of the New ICANN-DoC Agreement
2006 - Sep 19 on The GNSO Review
2006 - Jul 30 on The Blurr-Cade Proposal on Root Zone Oversight
2006 - Jul 26 on The Blurr-Cade Proposal on Root Zone Oversight
2006 - Jul 25 on The Blurr-Cade Proposal on Root Zone Oversight
2006 - Jul 14 on Why I'm Standing for the ICANN Board and Why I've made My Statement Public
2006 - Jul 12 on Why I'm Standing for the ICANN Board and Why I've made My Statement Public