George Kirikos Launches Blog

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 was just informed that George moved forward and launched a blog on the aptly named domain name. In his first article, George explains what will offer:

“I have launched this new blog today at, 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, 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 as his pulpit.

I hope is added to the blog list at 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.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


    • I’m still figuring out WordPress, and may enable comments at some point. When I last tried to launch a WordPress site many years ago, it got hacked before it even launched, so it’s mainly a security issue. Plus, with GDPR and all that, I don’t want to have to worry about that.

      Folks can always join the conversation via Twitter, etc. (i.e. I’ll post all the blog posts via my Twitter account).

      • George, thanks for doing this. You might want to consider bypassing dealing with WP’s own commenting mechanism and potential spam issues and dealing with things like Akismet. Instead, you might like using Disqus with it. One advantage of that is a lot of people are already going to have Disqus accounts and be very comfortable with and like using it. Additionally, since there can still even be the possibility of Disqus itself pulling the plug on free speech commenting (which I believe it has done in recent months), I’m fairly certain they have an option for all comments to be backed up or mirrored on your own server beyond their control, and I would think there are also probably some tools for migrating them to another medium if it ever came to that.

        Just one thought but there may be much better options out there too. Disqus is very easy and appealing to use, however, at least for commenters.

      • PS I’ve used it as a commenter for years myself, and have sometimes considered using it as a publisher too. It’s probably doubtful they would ever pull the plug on any site like yours vs. real hot potato stuff.

      • Oh and by the way, how’s everyone liking that “transition” from US oversight I warned so much against now? πŸ˜‰

  1. I first entered the world of domain names in 2001. I’m almost certain that even prior to discovering DNF I had already come across the online activity, advocacy and commentary of George Kirikos and liked it from the start. I’m so glad that he is publishing on this great and excellent domain name now, and am also able to confirm that this domain is good and useful for matters pertaining to free speech and so much more. πŸ˜‰

  2. Being I’m from Virginia Beach, I like FreeBeech better…either that or NudeBeech. Seriously George, Good Luck!

  3. is it legal to curse at people?
    my tesla ran over couple of pot holes at Walmart parking lot and i cursed out 2 Walmart managers today and told them I will donate $200 to fix the pot holes cause they kept saying they are waiting for city approval…and it’s been over a month…
    Anyways, is it legal to curse at people…
    isn’t that free speech?

  4. Looking forward to it George, it is a great idea. (without comments I suspect it will struggle to get traction though-people gotta have their say).

  5. I talked to George via phone earlier today for some additional context about the latest developments around ICANN GNSO governance. It is not a good day when someone as intelligent, vigilant and thoughtful as George is barred from participating in what is intended to be a democratic and transparent process. I sincerely hope that Keith Drazek (Verisign) and team immediately reverse course on this decision soon with no notable decisions being taken in the interim. The alternative would be a dangerous precedent on the way to tyranny. For the sake of the sustained viability of the global domain name economy, let’s not go there.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Recent Posts

Spaceship Hits 1 Million DUM – Only 13% of New Registrations are .com

Earlier this morning, Richard Kirkendall shared that Spaceship hit the 1 million Domains Under Management (DUM) mark. Richard is the Founder of Namecheap and...

Converse.CO UDRP Decision Turns on Price Inference

In general, I thought UDRP panels have gotten past the issue of pricing as it relates to generic / descriptive one word domain names....

Ebbs and Flows of Domain Investing

My domain investment portfolio has grown from around 500 domain names to around 2,000 domain names in the last several years. Even at that...’s 2024 Master of Domains

This afternoon during the NamesCon domain conference, announced the winners of its 2024 Master of Domains. The award is given to the 10...

CEO: Namecheap “Most Likely” to Exit Afternic Network

I don't always check where my Afternic-sold domain names are transferred post-sale, but I have noticed quite a few transfer to Namecheap. This is...