Keith Drazek

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations.

As the vice president of public policy and government relations, Keith Drazek is responsible for participating in the development and advocacy of Verisign’s policy interests in multiple arenas involving internet identifiers directly affecting product and services offered by Verisign.

Prior to joining Verisign in June 2010, Keith spent ten years at the U.S. Department of State, and ten years working in the domain name industry, including two years at a registrar and eight years at a registry. His experience includes business development, channel management, government relations, external affairs and internet policy development.

Keith has been active in the ICANN community for more than a decade, including his current role as Chair of ICANN’s GNSO Registries Stakeholder Group.

Recent posts by Keith Drazek:

IANA 2.0: Ensuring ICANN Accountability and Transparency for the Future

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) March 14, 2014, announcement proposing the transition of its legacy Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) stewardship role has presented the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) multi-stakeholder community equal amounts of opportunity and responsibility. We have been handed a singular opportunity to define the terms of any stewardship transition and the fundamental responsibility to get it right.

Getting it right means ensuring, through a bottom-up, multi-stakeholder process, the reform of ICANN’s accountability structures to protect the community and the multi-stakeholder model prior to NTIA’s disengagement from its oversight and stewardship role. It also means acting quickly and efficiently so our window of opportunity is not missed.