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debate The fight for .ORG: is it about MONEY or is it about CONTROL?

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The real reason for the .ORG change of control event is about:

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oldtimer

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The .ORG community is clearly against this deal.

Not only that the .Org Community is against this deal, but also against any deal that would put the .Org Impartiality, Affordability, and Nonprofit Values and Principals at Jeopardy for the Existing or Future Generation .Org Registrants.

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oldtimer

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so guys should we stay away from dot org to buy or not buy?

In my opinion domainers should treat .Org differently than all the other extensions, If you can create some value by thinking of new names that would help advance certain causes and if you are willing to sell your domains to nonprofit organizations that can benefit from your creativity without trying to extract the most amount of money from them then I believe that talented domainers can contribute greatly to enhance and preserve the purpose of this extension specially if they are willing to donate a .Org for humanitarian and environmental causes and movements that are of benefit to all.

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Lox

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EFF: Empty Promises Won’t Save the .ORG Takeover

It didn’t take long for the global NGO sector to put two and two together: take a new agreement that gives the registry owner power to hurt NGOs; combine it with a new owner whose primary obligation is to its investors, not its users; and you have a recipe for danger for nonprofits and NGOs all over the world that rely on .ORG. Since November, over 800 organizations and 24,000 individuals from all over the world have signed an open letter urging ISOC to stop the sale of PIR. Members of Congress, UN Special Rapporteurs, and US state charity regulators [pdf] have raised warning flags about the sale.

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Commentary: .ORG Still Wouldn’t Be Safe

by EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn and NTEN CEO Amy Sample Ward

Dear Fadi Chehadé, Erik Brooks, and Jon Nevett:

We are writing in response to your announcement of “accountability initiatives” to follow the proposed sale of the .ORG registry.

While you have clearly recognized that the NGO community demands accountability from its top-level domain registry, this announcement does nothing to display that accountability. Rather than instill trust, it reveals once again that you lack understanding of the NGO community’s needs and are not equipped to manage .ORG.

The proposed “Stewardship Council” would fail to protect the interests of the NGO community. First, the council is not independent. The Public Interest Registry (PIR) board’s ability to veto nominated members would ensure that the council will not include members willing to challenge Ethos’ decisions. PIR’s handpicked members are likely to retain their seats indefinitely.

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Lox

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BY NORA ABUSITTA-OURI (Ethos Capital) / Feb 28

The discussion about the future of the .ORG domain registry has been partly rooted in stewardship. Who will guide the Public Interest Registry (PIR) so it continues to serve the .ORG community? For those of us at Ethos Capital, the company acquiring PIR, this has been a central focus.

We understand that owning PIR makes us stewards of an essential part of the fabric of the Internet. The .ORG domain is bigger than the 10 million domain names registered. It is both a symbol of many non-profit organizations on the Internet and a means by which millions of organizations operate, communicate, fundraise, and provide services to those in need. For that reason, stewardship of .ORG is paramount.

Recognizing that the community valued enforceable assurances, Ethos has taken a powerful additional step: we've voluntarily proposed to add a Public Interest Commitment amendment, or a "PIC," to the ICANN Registry Agreement. This will formalize our commitments, making them legally binding and enforceable by ICANN and also by members of the community through the Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Procedure, or "PICDRP." Public Interest Commitments were introduced in the ICANN community in 2013 as new domain names were created. Ethos listened to the .ORG community's request for strong enforceability measures to ensure that we would be held accountable to our promises — and we took action.

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Lox

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Webinar
The Future of .ORG: Community Engagement


Date: Thursday, February 27

Time: 15:00 – 16:00 EST/ 20:00 – 21:00 UTC

Transcript from Feb 27: The Future of .ORG: Community Engagement

" You know, part of the reason that we've made this investment and I think why ISOC was excited about accepting it, was that we'll have the ability to provide ISOC with a perpetual endowment that will enable it to continue to serve its mission around the world globally to build a more accessible and inclusive and secure internet." (Erik Brooks, founder of Ethos Capital)


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Lox

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Binding .ORG and the Community Together
BY NORA ABUSITTA-OURI

In direct response to the enormous interest and input we have seen from the .ORG community over the past several months, Ethos and Public Interest Registry (PIR) have made tremendous strides in laying out our collective vision for .ORG and put forth unprecedented commitments and protections for the .ORG community.

Over the last two weeks, in particular, we have taken concrete actions to better align the community's interests with the operations of PIR and .ORG. First, with the announcement of the legally binding Public Interest Commitment ("PIC"), we have cemented enforcements around price limits for .ORG domains, the role and mandate of the Stewardship Council, safeguards on policies regarding freedom of expression and protection of customer information, the establishment of a $10 million Community Enablement Fund, and an annual reporting mechanism for PIR. We then followed up with a series of community discussions to answer questions about the PIC, including what it would mean in practice. Most recently, we opened a public engagement process to solicit additional feedback.

For those who were unable to join the community engagement events, I would like to recap the primary questions that were addressed:

  • How is the PIC enforceable?
  • Did ICANN insist upon it as a condition of the deal?
  • How will the Stewardship Council operate and who will be its members?
  • What will the Community Enablement Fund do?
  • How will Ethos generate a return on its investment, and what are its plans for PIR and .ORG?

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Ethos/PIR/ISOC has already lost the community. All their latest nonsense is lipstick on a pig.
No one believes a 10% increase a year is either justified, or deserved.

Additionally, no one trusts a brand new private equity company with a public asset as important as .ORG, nor should they.

Brad
 
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I have to wonder, is ICANN really going to approve this deal to a private equity company while the entire world economy is collapsing due to the corona virus.

We are going to need organizations now more than ever.

Taking any money out of their hands for unwarranted price increases seems ridiculous.

Brad
 

Lox

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ICANN Should Reject the Proposed Transfer of the .ORG Registry.

Signed by 4 US Senators; Ed Markey, Ron Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren and US Representative Anna Eshoo.

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In the months since Ethos announced its intent to purchase PIR from ISOC, the .ORG community has been vocal and virtually unanimous in its opposition to the sale. Over 800 organizations and 25,000 people have signed a petition urging ICANN to block the proposed change of control.

Ethos, PIR, and ISOC have fielded questions from us, from the community, and from ICANN, and they have provided answers on pricing, business plans, and transparency that continue to indicate that the sale would not benefit the public or .ORG registrants.

Because the proposed sale of .ORG is against the public interest and would violate ICANN’s commitment to “preserve and enhance...the operational stability, reliability, security...and openness of the DNS and the Internet, we again urge you to reject this private equity takeover of the .ORG registry.

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Lox

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Ethos Capital Announces Selection Process for .ORG Stewardship Council

... We have launched a new website, www.thestewardshipcouncil.org, that contains important information about the Stewardship Council selection process. Effective today, it offers the opportunity for those who meet the search criteria, and are interested in joining the Council, to submit their information for consideration.

Mission-driven organizations, now more than ever, will play a vital role in helping the world in today’s uncertain times. Strong, independent oversight of .ORG on these important issues by respected leaders in the community will ensure the domain’s inspiring legacy of helping those who seek to do good endures.

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I would also like to give a special thanks to @Zak Muscovitch and everyone else at the ICA that fought against this deal.

This is a flagship win for registant rights. It puts the interests of the many stakeholders above those of the few.

Brad
 
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