Brian Cimbolic

Brian Cimbolic

Vice President, General Counsel at PIR
Joined on January 23, 2020
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Brian Cimbolic is the Vice President and General Counsel of Public Interest Registry (PIR) and oversees the company’s legal affairs and manages its Anti-Abuse Program. PIR is based in Reston, Virginia and is the registry operator of the .ORG top-level domain.

Brian has been heavily involved in various domain name abuse discussion fora, including serving as one of the original authors of the Framework to Address Abuse, servings as Coordinator for the Domains and Jurisdiction track for the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network, serving on the leadership team of the Framework for Registry Operator to Respond to Security Threats, and was co-founder of the Child Sexual Abuse Material Referral Discussion Group for registries and registrars.

Previously, Brian was Deputy General Counsel of PIR and before joining PIR in 2014, Brian was an Associate at Krooth & Altman, LLP, working with clients in finance and litigation matters. Brian holds a B.A. from Catholic University, and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.

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A Responsible Domain Industry Needs a Responsible Registrant Appeals Process

As the steward of .ORG, Public Interest Registry is committed to serving as an "exemplary registry" for the DNS. As part of that mission, PIR published our Anti-Abuse Principles last year that serve as our north star to address questions of abuse. As PIR has stated on many occasions, generally speaking, the DNS is not the appropriate place to address questions of website content abuse because of the blunt tool we as a registry have and the collateral damage that can be caused by suspending a domain name for a piece of content. more

.ORG Stewardship Council Will Ensure .ORG’s Commitment to Freedom of Expression Continues

The .ORG Stewardship Council is, in a lot of ways, a natural progression or evolution from our current PIR Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is made up of independent .ORG community members from around the world that provide advice to PIR on policy issues affecting them. The "AC," or the Advisory Council, has been a key part of PIR's work since its inception. more

Doing More to Address Child Sexual Abuse Materials Online

For all of us at Public Interest Registry, working to remove child sexual abuse content from the Internet isn't just a part of our work; it's our moral duty. As stewards of the .ORG community, addressing the problem head on is the only option compatible with our values. Talking about Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM) is challenging and uncomfortable. It's also far too important, and prevalent, of a problem to ignore. While it's impossible to know exact numbers, online CSAM is a major, rapidly growing crisis. more