Mike O'Connor

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Mike O'Connor got involved with the Internet when he was the Controller and Administrative CIO for the University of Minnesota in the late '80's. He later went on to found a high-speed ISP in the mid-90's. He is interested in gTLDs.

Work in Broadcasting

He founded WORT-FM, a community radio station in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He was also involved with KUSP in Santa Cruz, KDNA in St Louis, KFAI in Minneapolis, WEFT in Chambana and was a co-founder of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters in Washington, DC.

ICANN Involvement

I am a member of the GNSO, Commercial and Business Constituency where I'm a member of the Credentials Committee.[1]

My primary focus is on GNSO (and cross-constituency) working groups that deal with the security and stability of the DNS. Here's a list of most of them (in reverse chronological order)

Fake Renewal Notices (FRN) (chair)

Cross Community Working Group Drafting Team (CCWG)

Joint DNS Security and Stability Analysis (DSSA) (co-chair)

Vertical Integration PDP (VI) (co-chair)

Zone File Access Advisory Group

High Security Zone TLD Advisory Group

Post Expiration Domain Name Transfer (PEDNR)

Registration Abuse Policies Implementation Drafting Team (chair)

Registration Abuse Policies (RAP-WG)

Fast Flux PDP (Fast Flux) (chair -- for a while, long story)

Inter Registrar Transfer Policy Part C (IRTP-C)

Inter Registrar Transfer Policy Part B (IRTP-B)

Inter Registrar Transfer Policy Part A (IRTP-A)

ICANN meetings Attended

  • Wellington
  • Los Angeles
  • Paris
  • Cairo
  • Nairobi (remote participation: Reston, VA)
  • Brussels
  • Cartagena
  • San Francisco
  • Singapore
  • Dakar (remote participation: Praag, WI)
  • San José


He received his MBA in Finance operations from S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management in Cornell University in 1979. He received his BA in Economics from Grinnell College in 1972.

GNSO Working Groups and ICANN Advisory Committees

  • DSSA -- Joint DNS Security and Stability Analysis
  • Vertical Integration -- Vertical Integration
  • IRTP -- Inter Registrar Transfer Policy (many versions -- currently IRTP-B)
  • RAP -- Registration Abuse Policies
  • PEDNR -- Post Expiration Domain Name Recovery
  • FF
  • HSTLD -- High Security TLD Program Advisory Committee
  • ZFA -- Zone File Access Advisory Committee