In July of 2018, George Kirikos, an advocate for the rights of domain name registrants and domain investors (and self-described “long-time critic of ICANN”), posted a poll on Twitter asking people if he should start a blog. Nearly 150 people voted, with more than 2/3 choosing the “definitely” option:
I’m considering finally launching a blog to provide my insights into the world of domain names and #ICANN in long form (more than 280 characters!). If I launched such a blog, would you read it? #uncensored #unvarnished #FreeSpeech
— George Kirikos (@GeorgeKirikos) July 14, 2018
“I have launched this new blog today at FreeSpeech.com, in order to better educate the public about domain names, internet governance, ICANN, free speech, and other topics.”
George’s second blog post warns readers that “ICANN Threatens to Restrict Participation Rights of critic George Kirikos.”
As George wrote, he has been a regular contributor on ICANN working groups for many years. His Twitter account is a wealth of information, but obviously Twitter limits the amount of information that can be shared at one time. By launching and operating FreeSpeech.com, George will be able to reach a wider audience to share his thoughts and insights. If George’s participation at ICANN is restricted, George will be able to use FreeSpeech.com as his pulpit.
I hope FreeSpeech.com is added to the blog list at Domaining.com. George’s advocacy has helped domain registrants, and I think it is important for domain investors to understand George’s take on how issues being discussed at ICANN could impact our rights.