Country of residence United Kingdom
Email address dowmedia [at] hotmail [dot] com
Organization affiliation Dow Media
Nominated by Self-nomination
Biography From war zones to boardrooms, award-winning London-based
correspondent Allan Dow has covered a lot of ground in his 16 years as a
journalist, broadcaster, and Internet entrepreneur.
Allan Dow’s company, Dow Media, was established in 1993 to help
promote his journalistic career. But that same year the company rapidly
expanded into e-commerce and presently has registered more than 50 domain
names.
Most of the names are ‘generic’ like ‘englishsolicitor.info’, for
example, and are being developed as portals to direct potential customers to
other value-added websites.
As a news correspondent, Allan Dow is well known in his native Canada
working for the CBC as their-back up reporter from his adopted home in
London (1993-1999), and CTV Television (2000-2001), as European
Correspondent and Acting Bureau Chief, based in London.
From 1997-99 in the United States, Dow’s voice was heard – again from
London – by millions several times a week on American Public Radio on the
The World programme and Marketplace Morning Report. He was also a radio news
anchor, presenting news to a US audience from the BBC World Service
headquarters at Bush House. Dow’s reports reached more than a million
listeners on 100+ stations across the United States.
His ties to the BBC World Service, via The World, have given him a
comprehensive understanding of BBC Newsgathering, and the way the biggest
broadcast news gathering agency on earth co-ordinates its coverage…
methods which many other public broadcasters emulate.
Based in London since 1993, Allan Dow has reported from many
locations across Europe. In the summer of 1995 in the former Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia, Dow was among the first correspondents to arrive in
the shattered village of Knin. Just hours earlier the Croat army defeated
rebel Serbs, pushing them out of the surrounding Krajina region. Filing his
reports via satellite from inside a besieged UN camp, with shops and
buildings still burning just metres away, Dow described in graphic, and
first hand account, the lootings and assaults being committed by the
victorious Croat soldiers outside the gates.
Dow has covered The Troubles in Northern Ireland on a regular and
on-going basis for seven years, reporting from Belfast, Derry, Portadown,
and Drumcree.
At home in London, Dow has covered the continuing saga of the
monarchy, reporting the drop in popularity of the Royal family, the break up
and divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales, especially their bizarre
series of interviews and biographies, and of course, the aftermath of
Diana’s death.
He’s also covered the fall of the Conservative government and the
corresponding rise to power of “New Labour”, and its move to decentralize,
or devolve, power to Scotland, NI, and Wales.
Dow has a growing contact list, including officials at Whitehall, and
understands Britain’s complex views regarding its future within the European
Union.
In North America, Allan Dow was dispatched to Alaska for the Exxon
Valdez oil spill and into the California desert following a major earthquake
near Palm Springs.
He was a staff reporter for CBC based in Calgary and Vancouver from
1988 through 1993, and received a “runners up” award from The Canadian
Association of Journalists for a series of radio reports in 1992 uncovering
the Canadian Red Cross’s use of HIV tainted blood. That story continues to
develop to this day.
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Dow grew up in Vancouver and is a graduate
of Communications Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of
Technology.
Allan Dow has, and in most cases, continues to report for BBC World
Service (The World), CBC Radio and Television, CTV News (Canada),
Marketplace (PRI), ABC Radio (1994-96), Radio Deutsche Welle, Radio
Nederland, and The Canadian Press. Other works include: The New Statesman,
Macleans Magazine, London News Radio, BBC Radio Scotland.
Dow is 41, newly married, and holds dual British-Canadian
citizenship. He has a Mensa-rated IQ (top 5%).
The website is: http://www.dowmedia.com
Motivation for serving Like me, I know many of you have become disillusioned with ICANN and
its board of directors.
I have grown increasingly alarmed at the way ICANN has become a
mouthpiece for the interests of multi-million dollar Internet companies
while ignoring the complaints of the vast numbers of smaller Domain Name
Entrepreneurs. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be.
I am very worried that the interests of the vast majority of ICANN’s
Members at Large, not to mention those of the general public, are being
marginalized.
As a professional journalist and foreign correspondent I just hate
that kind of treatment.
Many of you, like me, saw the rise of the Internet, and the wide open
availablity of Domain Names, as the ‘great equalizer’ – a way for the
‘little guy’ to stake a claim in the cyber-property frontier.
We scooped up good domain names as fast as we could afford them,
sometimes astonished that someone else hadn’t thought of the name first!
Many of us began to develop those names, while others left them dormant,
hoping that one day they would become valuable ‘beach front’ properties.
Then along came ICANN. At first, it sounded like ICANN would be a
referee, someone to protect us from the big-money Internet companies who
would take away our intellectual property given half a chance.
It was a dream short-lived.
The big Internet companies started to complain. “All the good domain
names have been taken”, grumbled the CEO’s and their Harvard/LBS/LSE
underlings. “It’s not right that just anybody can register the best domain
names”, they said.
ICANN not only listened but it acted – and quickly, for ICANN.
Now we have several new domain name extensions. But many of them
prohibit the average entrepreneur – people like you and me – from
registering.
The .PRO is a good example. If you’re a lawyer or a doctor you can
register a name like “lawyers.pro”, but only if you’re a lawyer. You can
register “surgeon.pro”, but only if you’re a doctor, and so on. If I was a
lawyer or a doctor, I would be ‘filling my boots’ with these names, wouldn’t
you?
Why does a doctor have any more right to a generic domain name – like
doctors.pro – than you or I?
Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT in favour of CYBERSQUATTING – a term I
DEFINE as registering the name of another living person or legally
trademarked company or product – but I have EVERY right to beat someone else
to the punch when it comes to registering GENERIC domains.
ICANN, however, has another agenda.
It wants to make life more difficult for people like you and me. It
has thrown its support behind international bodies – groups with
questionable motives – that want to increasingly control who registers even
those GENERIC domain names!
ICANN wants to end our dream of registering the perfect domain name.
Just who do we think we are, anyway? Vote for me, and we’ll show them who we
are!
Statements of support for Allan Andrew Dow
Geraint Jones
Geraint30 [at] Hotmail [dot] com
Support Reason:

Allan Dow is a solid supporter of a fair and inclusive Internet. He has long been a champion for wide-open access to the Domain Name market, and he has my fullest support. He would be a breath of fresh air at ICANN.


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