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Roger Gamper, Operations Manager
CORE, or the Internet Council of Registrars, is a non-profit organization formed in 1996 based on the Generic Top Level Domains-Memorandum of Understanding (gTLD-MoU) for assisting the launch of new domain name spaces. It was created to administer the worldwide registration of new domain names on the internet. The original TLDs involved were: .firm, .shop, .web, .arts, .rec, .info, .cat and .nom. It is an ICANN accredited registrar.
CORE has developed protocols and methodologies to facilitate domain registration, as well as a multi-protocol Shared Registration System (SRS) and registration gateway. SRS and Gateway help CORE members (Registrars) to register and maintain the domain names for their customers. CORE has sponsored the 39th ICANN Meeting in Cartagena, Columbia, the 38th ICANN Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, and the 36th ICANN Meeting in Seoul, South Korea.
CORE has supported the launch of 3 TLDs through various registry back-end service packages, those TLDs are .aero (2002), .museum (2003), and .cat (2006). CORE currently provides technical registry services for two gTLDs (.cat and .museum) and operates a neutral shared channel connecting registries to registrars for all existing gTLDs and many ccTLDs. CORE is also a registry services provider for the newest round of gTLDs opening up in 2012.
CORE was launched through work with leaders in internet governance and liberalization, ISOC, and IANA in the fall 1996. The organization grew out of the gTLD-MoU, which involved hundreds of companies and individuals. Those involved with CORE's foundation believed that the internet was ill-equipped, from its inception as a mainly academic resource, to grow into its role as a community tool that needed more competition and de-regulation. CORE is funded by its registrars, 85 in international markets and 23 in the U.S., all of whom are dedicated to fairness and competition on the internet.
SportAccord, an international federation of Sporting associations with backing from the Olympic federation, announced ahead of the launch of ICANN's new gTLD program in January, 2012, that it had chosen CORE as its registry services provider. Their application, for .sport, was one among many, but they further distinguished themselves by noting that theirs would be a Community Application.
The latest CORE Executive Committee elections happened in July, 2012, via electronic vote.
- Iliya Bazlyankov, Chair, Unicart Ltd., Bulgaria.
- Jordi Hinojosa, external.
- Roland Irle, Kamp Netzwerkdienste GmbH, Germany.
- Werner Staub, Axone SA, Switzerland.
- Jean-Paul Béchu, Nameshield, France.