TODAY YOU USE .COM. WHAT WILL YOU USE TOMORROW??

Come Find Out at Beyond the Dot 2014 in Washington, D.C. February 19

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| Source: FairWinds Partners

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FairWinds Partners announced Monday that it would host an industry-defining conference in Washington, D.C. on February 19, 2014, to examine how new top-level Internet domains will change the way users navigate, search, brand themselves, target others, protect trademarks, and remain safe online.

The conference – Beyond the Dot 2014 – will bring together innovators, policymakers, business leaders, academics, and students - to explore what lies beyond .COM, .NET, .BIZ and the other top-level domains now in common use.

A top-level domain is the text to the right of the dot. About 22 existed until now (not including extensions for different countries), but that number will expand by 2,500 percent to 1,400 over the next few years.

"Today, the Internet is undergoing the largest expansion in its 40-plus year history," said FairWinds Partners' founders Phil Lodico and Josh Bourne. "The Internet of the future will be far more intuitive and will open vast opportunities for businesses and consumers, alike. We believe bringing together leading thinkers on this subject will help explain to the average Internet user the implications of this titanic change in the Internet domain name space."

FairWinds Partners is a strategic Internet consultancy focused on domain names with Fortune 500, 100, and 50 clients. FairWinds represents more corporate applicants for new top-level domains than any other firm. As part of its efforts to educate the public about the coming Internet expansion, the company conceived of and produced a website http://www.beyondthedot.com to explain a complex technological development to the uninitiated.

Confirmed speakers at the conference include Former Ambassador John Negroponte; Akram Atallah, President, Global Domains Division at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); Dr. Laura DeNardis, 
Internet governance scholar and Professor in the School of Communication at American University; the operators of .GOP, .GAY, .NYC, .UNO, and many more.

The conference will take place at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.  Register here.

Leslie Phillips
SVP Marketing & Communications
202-499-4419