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Fadi Chehadé is now co-CEO of Ethos Capital

Former ICANN CEO is now a co-CEO of the private equity firm that tried to buy .org. Former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé is currently listed as the co-CEO of Ethos Capital on the firm’s website. Ethos Capital tried to buy Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that runs .org domains, but ICANN denied the transaction. Chehadé’s […]

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The 2 remaining issues on .Org’s sale

ICANN wants more information about ownership and debt. ICANN has asked (pdf) Public Interest Registry (PIR), which manages .org, for more information about its proposed acquisition by Ethos Capital. PIR has responded to one of the requests by updating its Public Interest Commitments. But ICANN included two other key concerns in an April 3 letter […]

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Ethos Capital clarifies .org promises as decision nears

Company clarifies commitments as decision date nears. It appears that Ethos Capital, the company trying to acquire .org registry Public Interest Registry, and ICANN are closely negotiating to make a decision on the deal this month. Today, Ethos announced that it would strengthen its Public Interest Commitment (PIC) with six new provisions. From its post: […]

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.Org update: Two more opportunities to comment on proposed takeover

PIR and ICANN offering more opportunities to provide feedback. People with opinions on Ethos Capital’s planned takeover of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the group that operates the .org top level domain name, have two upcoming opportunities to be heard. First, PIR has opened a brief public engagement about the proposed sale. It’s asking for people […]

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Former ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom commenting on .Org deal

Beckstrom posed arguments during forum last week. On February 11, American University Washington College of Law held a program about the sale of .Org to private equity company Ethos Capital. Former ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom was in attendance, and he posed some good questions about the transaction. The video below starts playing at the point […]

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Ethos adds legally-binding provisions to try to save .Org deal

8-year price cap, censorship and data controls would be baked into registry agreement amendment. Ethos Capital, the company that is trying to acquire the .Org registry, took a big step today to try to push it over the finish line. It agreed to add a Public Interest Commitment (PIC) (pdf) to the registry agreement with […]

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California AG backs down on document requests — for now

Attorney general had already narrowed the initial scope before ICANN published letter. On January 30, ICANN published a letter from the California Attorney General that asked ICANN to answer 35 questions relating to pricing practices and the transaction to sell .org to Ethos Capital. Oddly, ICANN waited until last Friday, February 7, to publish a […]

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Breaking: California Attorney General delays .org sale

Office that oversees California non-profits demands extensive documentation. The California Attorney general has likely delayed approval of the .org sale to Ethos Capital by two months, if not more, after demanding extensive documentation from ICANN. The office supervises charitable organizations in California, where ICANN is based. In a letter to ICANN (pdf), the attorney general […]

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What you really need to know about the sale of .Org to private equity

Let’s cut through the clutter and falsehoods. A lot has been said and written about Internet Society’s (ISOC) sale of Public Interest Registry, the group that runs .org, to Ethos Capital. Some of it is true, some of it is false, and some of it is up to interpretation. This goes both ways; ISOC and […]

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