With a little less than a year under our belt since the launch of .blog, Knock Knock WHOIS There (KKWT) is ready to tackle broader issues facing our community. With their focus on diversity and transparency in technology, we’re excited to join i2Coalition to assist in these efforts.
Founded in 2012 in light of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), i2Coalition has focused on education and advocacy for a more open, transparent internet since its inception. Their membership base includes 70+ leaders in the technology field, ranging from registries and registrars to hosting and cloud service providers, all of whom are dedicated towards preserving internet freedom.
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, KKWT’s philosophies and culture are interwoven with the mission to “democratize publishing.” Automattic has taken an active role in promoting an open internet through actions such as regular transparency reports and publicly taking a stand in support of Net Neutrality.
These values are equally critical to KKWT. Building open, engaging, and accessible online communities is a foundational value for the .blog registry, whether that’s through providing bloggers with access to a great new namespace or fostering an internet in which online citizens can easily and freely share their voice.
We are passionate about keeping the internet transparent and free for end users, from individual bloggers to large organizations, around the world. As a company that is fully remote, with a diverse global presence, we’re equally dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion in the technology and domain industry to better reflect the various backgrounds, needs, and perspectives of all end users. We greatly appreciate i2Coalition’s efforts in these areas and are looking forward to lending our resources and enthusiasm to their efforts around education, advocacy, and diversity.