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My thoughts on .Org

ICANN made it possible for this transaction to happen. There’s only so much the internet community can do now. It has been two months since Internet Society (ISOC) announced that it was selling Public Interest Registry (PIR), which runs .org, to private equity company Ethos Capital. There have been many revelations since then, including that […]

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4 U.S. lawmakers question .Org sale

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren among those concerned about sales of .org registry. Three U.S. Senators and a U.S. Representative have sent a letter to Ethos Capital, Internet Society and Public Interest Registry questioning the decision to sell .org to Ethos. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with Rep. Anna […]

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Video: watch the Q&A with Ethos, Internet Society and PIR

Ethos tries to assuage concerns, but non-profits have more questions. Last week NTEN, a group that helps non-profits use technology, held a Q&A with the three parties involved with the sale of .org: Private equity firm Ethos, Internet Society (ISOC), and Public Interest Registry. It was an interesting call and the first time we’ve really […]

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ICANN says it “does not have authority” over .org transaction

Domain regulator is unlikely to do anything about the sale of .org by a non-profit to a private equity firm. Anyone holding out hope that ICANN will block the sale of .Org to private equity company Ethos should prepare to be disappointed. The company issued a statement to Financial Times saying that it “does not […]

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ISOC chapter breaks ranks, criticizes deal to sell .Org

Netherlands chapter calls on others to join it in denouncing sale. Shortly after Internet Society (ISOC) announced a deal to sell Public Interest Registry (which runs .org) to a private equity company, ISOC sent a notice to its local chapters telling them not to talk to the press about the sale: …You can address any […]

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ISOC CEO repeats the registry competition fallacy

There is no competition for domain renewals. Internet Society CEO Andrew Sullivan has responded to some of the uproar about his non-profit selling Public Interest Registry to a for-profit private equity company. In his response, he repeats the ICANN-given line about how registries can’t drastically increase their prices because of competition and temporary restrictions: There […]

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ICA asks ICANN to block .Org private equity deal in damning letter

Group calls out ICANN’s “terrible blunder”. Internet Commerce Association is asking domain overseer ICANN to block the sale of the .Org registry to Ethos Capital. It sent a damning letter (pdf) to ICANN today that states what many observers are thinking. In part: Surely you can now appreciate the terrible blunder that you have made. […]

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