Former FTC official to join Public Interest Registry

A former top online enforcement official at the Federal Trade Commission will join the group that manages the ".org" domain.

Don Blumenthal will be a senior policy adviser at the Public Interest Registry, which provides Web addresses for non-profit organizations across the globe. He previously directed the FTC's Internet Lab, which works to collect evidence and build cases against online criminals. Since leaving the Commission in 2006 he has been in private practice.

“PIR’s dedication to working in support of the public interest is what attracted me most to the organization,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “I hope my experience in both government and the private sector will continue to position PIR as a leader among global top level domain registries.”

Blumenthal has also taken part in data seizure operations while at the FTC and often worked with the FBI, Secret Service and other federal and local law enforcement agencies. In his new job he will also represent the interests of the .org domain to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

“PIR has a great policy team, and Don is a tremendous addition. His expertise is integral in expanding our work in cybersecurity, Whois and domain name abuse — areas in which we will be dedicating extensive efforts in the upcoming year,” said Kathy Kleiman, director of policy for the Public Interest Registry.

Blumenthal graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

This post was updated at 1:00pm. An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated Blumenthal was leaving the FTC for the new position.