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Rod Beckstrom: The ICANN icon of gTLDs

Rod Beckstrom will be remembered as the Internet technocrat who single-handedly managed to resurrect and deliver the long standing dream of ICANN for a truly wide Internet namespace.

Rod Beckstrom, former president and CEO of ICANN.

Rod Beckstrom, former president and CEO of ICANN.

The former president and CEO of ICANN successfully pushed for the expansion of TLDs, following more than six years of prior activity on the subject with an agreement on the white paper of gTLDs.

In an interview to PBS at the beginning of the ICANN gTLD program, Rod Beckstrom discusses the futurenow, the present – of gTLDs, fending off the concerns of Dan Jaffe, who represented the Association of National Advertisers.

The ten minute long video interview is worth watching, as it serves both as recognition to the former ICANN president, and a time capsule of how far the gTLD program has come in just under two years’ time.

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