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12|15|2008 03:37 pm EDT

Joichi Ito Joins Tucows Board

by Chad Kettner in Categories: News

Joichi Ito, the CEO of Creative Commons and a close friend of Elliot Noss, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Tucows.

“We are honoured to have one of the most influential leaders in the global Internet community join our Board,” said Noss, the President and CEO of Tucows. “Mr. Ito brings to Tucows a unique understanding of the Internet’s impact on business and society. We look forward to his strategic guidance and counsel.”

While serving on the ICANN board in 2005, Ito wrote an article referencing domain name parking as cybersquatting and emphasizing the need to get rid of domain tasting stating: “I wonder if there is any way to close this loophole that effectively enables a no-risk business. I think these monetization businesses are a net-negative value to the community and seems like a loophole exploit. On the other hand, refunds are a legitimate service for legitimate registrants. It is VERY difficult to tell the difference between a legitimate and illegitimate registrant.”

Today’s news, of course, is coming on the heels of the recent flack Tucows received for warehousing domains (more info here, here, and here).  Time will tell whether Ito’s position on the board will make a difference at Tucows and whether his previously stated opinions on domain monetizaiton still hold true.

Aside from Creative Commons; Ito is also…

“Tucows is a true pioneer in the domain name and Internet services space,” said Ito. “I look forward to participating in my role as a member of the Tucows’ Board of Directors as the company continues to innovate and grow.”

[via joi.ito.com]

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