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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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Ethos volunteers for .org pricing handcuffs

Ethos Capital has volunteered to have price caps written back into Public Interest Registry’s .org contract, should ICANN approve its $1.1 billion proposed acquisition. The private equity firm said Friday that it has offered to agree to a new, en...
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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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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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Ethos’ .org pricing promise may be misleading

The more Ethos Capital protests that its plans for .org pricing are not as bad as its critics think, the less I believe it. Since November, the would-be buyer of Public Interest Registry has being publicly committing to maintain what it calls PIR&#8217...
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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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