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Jothan Frakes

TheDNA
Executive Director
Greater Seattle Area
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.
He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private Label Internet Service Kiosk (plisk.com).

Registering his first domain name in 1991, Jothan has developed, pioneered and worked with a variety of systems in DNS, security, messaging, naming and hosting since, holding roles in numerous registries and registrars, and inventing a variety of technologies that are widely in use.

Jothan is often jokingly referred to as the “unofficial mayor of ICANN”, because of his long tenure within the community, ability to speak thoughtfully while holding respect within a number of different groups, and his appreciation of the nuances and depths of subject matter and perspectives.

An early pioneer in Internationalized Domain Names, Frakes has contributed as a volunteer developer with Mozilla, and played a vital role in the past decade ensuring ccTLDs and new TLDs would function in most browsers and certificate authorities through efforts in coordinating the Public Suffix List with ICANN’s contracting and Stability and Security Advisory Committee.

Mr. Frakes co-founded NamesCon, as well as a number of other conferences such as Domain Roundtable, DomainFest, and most recently, the MERGE.SHOW event.