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PIR announces winners of 2021 .Org Impact Awards

PIR crowns annual winners and donates cash to worthy causes. Public Interest Registry, the organization behind the .org top level domain, announced the winners of its third annual .Org Impact Awards today. A record of 633 organizations and individuals submitted entries this year. The winners are: .Org of the Year – ADES Building Better Communities […]

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PIR (.org) names Rick Wilhelm new CTO

Wilhelm comes from Verisign, where he was VP of platform management. Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that operates the .org namespace, has named Rick Wilhelm its new Chief Technology Officer. He replaces Joe Abley, who joined the company in 2019 but left earlier this year. Wilhelm comes from .com registry Verisign, where he was Vice […]

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.ORG Impact Awards draw record number of nominations

PIR receives over 600 nominations for this year’s awards. Public Interest Registry (PIR) received a record number of nominations for this year’s .ORG Impact Awards, the organization announced this week. 633 organizations applied for the awards, and this week the list was narrowed to 35 finalist organizations. Winners will be announced at an online event on […]

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.org domains could come in seven new languages

Public Interest Registry is planning support for seven more languages in the .org gTLD. The company has asked ICANN for permission to support seven additional internationalized domain name scripts: Croatian, Finnish, Hindi, Italian, Montenegrin, Portug...
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.Org launches DNS Abuse Institute, to be led by Graeme Bunton

Institute will fund research, publish recommended practices, share data, and provide tools to identify and report DNS Abuse. Public Interest Registry, the registry for .org domains, today announced the establishment of the DNS Abuse Institute. The group will fund research, publish recommended practices, share data, and provide tools to identify and report DNS abuse including […]

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2020 in Review: .Org sale

A top story this year was the sale of .org falling through. This is the third in a series of posts about the domain name industry in 2020. Read the others here. One of my predictions for 2020 was that Ethos Capital’s deal to acquire Public Interest Registry would go through despite widespread outrage. I […]

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2020 .Org Impact Awards announced

Public Interest Registry announces winners of 2020 awards. Public Interest Registry has announced the winners of the 2020 .Org Impact Awards. In previous years, the awards were presented at an awards ceremony. They were announced online over ten days this year due to the pandemic. Days for Girls International was the big winner. It walked […]

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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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