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Beckstrom to keynote London new gTLDs conference

Kevin Murphy, December 12, 2011, Domain Registries

ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom will address a half-day conference on new generic top-level domains in London next month, just a few days before ICANN’s application window opens.

The Top Level, scheduled for January 9, is being hosted by Norwegian registry services provder CloudNames, the PR agency Burson-Marsteller and international law firm DLA Piper.

Each company also has an executive speaking, and then there’s a panel discussion.

Although BM is on ICANN’s payroll, having been recently named the recipient of a $900,000 outreach budget, it appears that the conference is not an ICANN initiative.

Tickets for the five-hour event are being sold for €490, or €441 for “early bird” registrations.

It will be presumably one of the last conferences Beckstrom will keynote on his world tour before ICANN starts accepting new gTLD applications, January 12.