Brian Cute SmallResearch Dates: February 15-26, 2016

Current Position: CEO, Public Interest Registry

Organization: Public Interest Registry is a not-for profit organization created by the Internet Society (ISOC), originally to manage .org.


Research Topic: "What is Tomorrow's Donation Currency?": Online monetary donations show interesting growth and at a relatively early stage of development.  Also of interest is the observation that donors volunteering time through online platforms at a higher volume than in the past. Signing up for petitions on, volunteering their time for projects and contributing influence by leveraging their sphere of influence on social media are all new currencies.  Global Citizen is leading the charge by enabling a generation of active participants.  What do these behaviors and trends foretell and how will NGOs make the most of this to create support and sustainability for their missions.

Biography: Brian assumed this leadership position as CEO of Public Interest Registry in 2011, backed by more than 13 years of experience in the Internet and communications industry.Prior to joining Public Interest Registry, Mr. Cute served as Vice President of discovery services for Afilias, the world’s leading provider of Internet infrastructure solutions and registry systems provider to Public Interest Registry for the .org domain. His experience within the domain name system (DNS) runs deep, having had management positions in both a leading domain name registrar, Network Solutions, as Director of Policy, and a leading registry, VeriSign, as Vice President of government relations. He is an active participant in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) community and has twice served as Chair of the ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team.

Research Brief: What is Tomorrow's Donation Currency?