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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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Guest editorial: ISOC’s broken funding model and profligate spending

[Editor’s note: The following is a guest editorial from Nat Cohen, who provides interesting details about the birth of Public Interest Registry and its role with Internet Society. While I don’t necessarily agree with all of the conclusions, I think it’s a good contribution to current discussions about the sale of Public Interest Registry to Ethos […]

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.Org updates: deadline extended, state regulators ask for time to weigh in

Deal delayed another 30 days as ICANN works through deal blowback. ICANN and Public Interest Registry have mutually agreed to extend the time that ICANN has to review Public Interest Registry’s (PIR) answers to its questions about the sale of .org to Ethos Capital by 30 days. ICANN also says that it will be asking […]

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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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