I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Year: 2004

DNS and ICANN,

Letter from Rome – Susan Crawford.

I have to agree with Susan. The world needs ICANN or something like ICANN. But it does not need ICANN to make decisions that are better left to the market. It needs ICANN to set a minimum level of rules and processes and then let business get on with what it does best, sorting out the winning models from the losing ones. ICANN would benefit from this. I, for one, believe that no matter what one’s personal opinion of SiteFinder, WLS or multi-lingual domain names are, a registry – any registry – should be able to experiment with its business

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Santa Cruz Networks,

The Future of Communications

I thought it was a very good piece. with excellent clarity. It defines companies as falling into two groups. Plan ‘A’ and Plan ‘B’. The first are companies focussed on interoperability with the phone system. The second are pure computer-to-computer players. Santa Cruz Networks (my new company) is very definitely in the ‘Plan B’ space. We provide the network devices necessary to enable a service provider to offer voice video and data communications, to individuals or groups, over IP. Our platform is a true many-to-many platform. Edge devices need no more than 100k of bandwidth, no matter how many people

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DNS and ICANN,

ICANN Sued by VeriSign

ICANN – the body whose job it is to coordinate control of the Internet’s naming and numbering systems – has recently been making decisions that many feel fall outside of it’s authority. Now, VeriSign, which has the contract to run .com and .net top level domains as a Registry operator, is suing ICANN, alleging it has overstepped it’s rights under the contract. The services in question are SiteFinder – a search service for helping users when they type a non-existent domain into a browser; Multi-lingual domains – allowing the use of all Unicode character strings in a domain name; and

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Teare Family,

Scarborough 0-1 Chelsea

Scarborough didn’t beat Chelsea, but wow! they came close. Great show! John Terry’s 10th-minute header edged Chelsea past heroic non-league side Scarborough 1-0 at the McCain Stadium. Terry scores for Chelsea at Scarborough (JohnWalton/Empics) Scarborough 0-1 Chelsea PA John Terry’s 10th-minute header edged Chelsea past heroic non-league side Scarborough 1-0 at the McCain Stadium. Terry scores for Chelsea at Scarborough (JohnWalton/Empics) # Terry salutes battling Boro Terry nodded home after Frank Lampard had rattled the post in the second minute – with a torrid day looking on the cards for the Nationwide Conference side at that stage. But Boro held

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