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PIR calls for nominations for .Org Impact Awards

10 organizations that use .org domains will take home a total of $85,000. Public Interest Registry, the registry that manages .org domains, has opened nominations for its 2020 .Org Impact Awards. This year’s awards are a bit different from last year. Due to Covid-19, the awards will be announced online in “The Ten Days of […]

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.org sale officially dead

Public Interest Registry has formally announced that its proposed $1.13 billion acquisition by Ethos Capital is dead. The company told ICANN yesterday that it is withdrawing its request for a change of control under its .org contract and that it &#8220...
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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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.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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ICANN Board quizzes Internet Society over .Org sale

Board questions how the deal is in the spirit of the original decision to assign .org contract to Internet Society. ICANN’s Board of Directors is asking Internet Society (ISOC) pointed questions about the proposed sale of Public Interest Registry, which operates .org, to private equity company Ethos Capital. Maarten Botterman, chair of the board, sent […]

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PIR pushes back on ICANN after California AG gets involved

PIR says “enough is enough” after ICANN asks to extend deadline. The California Attorney General has opened an investigation into ICANN and the sale of Public Interest Registry (PIR), which operates .org, from non-profit Internet Society to private equity company Ethos Capital. As a result, ICANN asked PIR last week to extend the deadline for […]

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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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