Lessons from Guyana: It takes a network to run a network.

by John L. Crain on February 21, 2007

It was interesting to see discussions start on the blog around “What does it take to run a registry”. Jacob Malthouse (Liaison for Canada and the Caribbean) and I (John Crain, CTO) have just returned from Georgetown, Guyana.

With us in Georgetown, locked into a classroom for four days, were various others with expertise in networking and running registries and sixteen individuals from the Caribbean who work for or are involved in ccTLD management. The local host was the University of Guyana, who administer .GY and to whom I have to extend a heart felt thankyou!

Guyana Workshop

Why were we in Georgetown?

We were there for a workshop aimed specifically at ccTLD administrators who may not have the resources or networks that others in the developed world take for granted. It’s part of a project originally put together by a group of Internet savvy individuals who wanted to use their skills to make a contribution to improving the state of the DNS around the world.

Funding for the attendees was contributed by ISOC with the bulk of the effort coming from organisations such as the Network Startup Resource Center. ICANN and others also played a small role in the preparation and delivery of the workshops.

Experts on various topics, ranging from systems administration to networking, databases and of course DNS operations are part of this program and either donated their own time or had their time graciously donated by their company.

To date staff from more than fifty ccTLDs have taken part in workshops given in various locations around the globe.

Take a look at http://ws.edu.isoc.org/workshops/2007/ccTLD-Guyana/ to see a list of those who have been so kind as to donate their time, effort and other resources for the Guyana workshop.

As for the question of “what does it take to run a registry?” the answer is not straight forward. Depending on the size of your zone, the complexity of your policies and a multitude of other factors running a registry can range from a part time job to a full fledged business with tens or hundreds of staff.

What we have found is that the basic building blocks of registries are fairly common between any registry. Network operations, database systems for all related data and publication systems, be that, DNS, whois or other, and the most complicated part: policy development.

One of the best tools that we can give any registry, and a core goal of the workshops, is to help build the community of peers so that they can share knowledge and learn from each other. It takes a network to build a network.

It was nice to spend time with such a great group of our colleagues and to be part of that network,



Baher Esmat 02.22.07 at 10:37 am

Great Job Jacob and John and Congratulations on this Super Outreach!

The effort the technical community put in such events adds more “Authentication” to the “Knowledge Transfer Layer” of the Internet World.

Frank Jensen 02.24.07 at 5:47 am

Why are ICANN using time making a blog when people are suffering over at RegisterFly.com. Don’t you think its better to take some action against the Fraud company with Kevin Medina and Glenn Stansbury and John Naruszewicz.

Uli 02.25.07 at 10:32 pm

Why is ICANN not able to help thousands of domain owners to escape these ICANN accredited gangsters at registerfly.com Why does ICANN not help and inform. Why are registerfly criminals allowed o do so much damage.

Andrew Mancey 02.26.07 at 5:01 am

Many thanks to you and the team for the help you gave us all in Guyana. It is good to see ICANN (and ISOC and NSRC) getting in to almost- forgotten parts of the developing world and doing some hands-on work where it is badly needed.

Kieren McCarthy 02.26.07 at 3:58 pm

For Frank Jensen and Uli,

I think it is worth pointing out that ICANN in fact sent Registerfly a letter on 21 February, informing the company that it was in breach of its contract and giving it 15 days to sort the situation out.

The letter is quite comprehensive and you can download it here in full:

Kieren McCarthy
General manager of public participation, ICANN

Uli 02.26.07 at 8:18 pm


registerfly.com criminals still keep on violating various laws as an ICANN supported registrar and ICANN business partner.

Unaware visitors still land at the registerfly.com website and may feel ensured by the ICANN logo they see.

If ICANN believes, that sending a letter is enough, well sorry, then the domain industry needs something more efficient than ICANN.


registerfly/ICANN victim.


Paul Levins 02.27.07 at 8:07 pm


Yes ICANN sent a letter but what is in that letter is a very clear and strong demand to Registerfly to cure the breaches outlined. It was a formal notice of breaches of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement. If the breaches are not cured ICANN may give notice of termination of the Agreement. It is a very serious action with potentially serious consequences for Registerfly.

Paul Levins
Executive Officer and Vice President
Corporate Affairs

er 02.28.07 at 10:36 am

Why don’t you issue a press release to assure domain owners ICANN will step in to make sure owners do not lose their domain names.

Most registerfly customers do not even know what’s going on.
What happens if all there data is currupted before you do something?
Registerfly is still taking in unsuspecting new customers.
Put a notice on the site.
Use your blog
Do something.
Do something now.


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