The WashBiz Guest Blog: A Day At .ORG
Welcome to Day 2 of our little experiment in guest blogging, something we hope captures a small slice of Washington at work. All this week we plan to run posts from Adam Palmer, policy counsel for .ORG, the Public Interest Registry based in Reston. Adam works on policy issues dealing with Internet governance, cyber security, and e-commerce. Today, he talks about what one actually does at .org.
By Adam Palmer
I have given up trying to explain to most people what it is I do in my job at .ORG, The Public Interest Registry. Most people have noticed the three little letters ".org," at the end of a Web address. They probably have no idea that there is a company right here in Washington that makes sure the Web functions and that a .org Web address can be reached from anywhere across the Internet world.
So what do we do at .ORG? Well, Tuesday was fairly typical. After arriving at work I first began reviewing our plans for the introduction of a complex Internet security system called "DNSSEC". It is designed to prevent a criminal from secretly misdirecting an Internet user to a false Web site that might steal their identity.
Satisfied that I understand our plans, I next turn my attention to finalizing a letter to a group called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN"). ICANN works with the U.S. Department of Commerce to manage the Internet. ICANN is about to release many new Internet domain names in foreign languages. My letter to ICANN focuses on ensuring that as the Internet expands, it remains free and open to all users around the world.
After going for a quick run during lunch, I attend phone calls with our Internet operations team in Philadelphia and a teleconference with another team looking at some other Internet security threats. I also spend some time meeting with Mike Palage, a lawyer and Internet consultant from Florida. Somewhere in between I manage to eat a salad at my desk and slam down a can of soda. A couple more hours are spent reviewing potential issues involving domain names in Chinese and Arabic language script. I also begin preparation for upcoming trips to Pisa, Italy and Cairo, Egypt where I will be working with my CEO, Alexa Raad, to advance complex Internet policy positions.
Working at .ORG is an intellectually challenging job and it could easily consume every minute of my time. It is also a fascinating experience to literally be at the cutting edge of Internet development. I regularly find myself working with true Internet geniuses and traveling to exotic cities around the world. As a 33 year old guy from Pittsburgh, I am living my dream. I cannot imagine doing anything else.
See Adam's first-day post here about his work with Alexandria's National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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