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Watch: climate change denier on why she trusts .org more than .com

This isn’t news, but I found it amusing, irritating, and slightly confusing — a clip of a climate change denier rubbishing a scientific article because it appears on a .com domain rather than a .org. The video below, featuring comedian Joe Rogan interviewing conservative political commentator Candace Owens, dates from May 2018, but I first […]

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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’s “historic practices” related to pricing. PIR, under its last ICANN contract, was […]

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“Connected Giving Foundation” and ORG : #PIR replacement structure revealed

The trustees of the Internet Society, overseers of PIR – the .ORG Registry – announced the formation of the Connected Giving Foundation. Referred to in internal documents as “CGF”, the transitional organization will have the same supportive function as PIR provides to the Internet Society today. CGF is the entity that will receive the funds, […]

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ICANN refuses to release more info on .org deal

ICANN has denied a request from one of its overseers to release more information about the acquisition of .org manager Public Interest Registry. General counsel John Jeffrey has written to the Address Supporting Organization to say that its request for records is over-broad and exceeds the ASO’s authority. The ASO had asked for: any ICANN […]

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California .org probe — existential crisis or blessed relief for ICANN?

Does the California attorney general’s probe into ICANN’s relationship with the .org registry represent an existential crisis for ICANN, or could it be better seen as a great opportunity to palm off responsibility to a higher power? It was recently revealed that AG Xavier Becerra is looking into ICANN’s actions related to not only the […]

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SaveDotOrg to protest outside ICANN HQ. #lol

Good grief. Just when you thought the outrage over .org manager Public Interest Registry’s imminent sale to Ethos Capital couldn’t get any weirder, the #SaveDotOrg campaign has announced that it is going to physically protest ICANN’s headquarters in Los Angeles next week. From 0900 until 1100 local time, Friday January 24, they’ll gather to demand […]

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Secrets of the .org deal revealed, but much info remains private

ICANN has published a ream of new information about the proposed acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital, a deal widely criticized for what it could mean for millions of .org registrants. The documentation was provided to ICANN by Ethos, PIR and the Internet Society, PIR’s current owner, on the understanding that certain confidential […]

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Now .org critics actually want to take over the registry, blocking billion-dollar sale

A group of ICANN alumni and non-profits want to block the $1.135 billion sale of .org manager Public Interest Registry and for ICANN to hand over the reins to a new not-for-profit entity. The Cooperative Corporation of .ORG Registrants was reportedly formed in California this week, supported by a long list of opponents of the […]

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ASO uses super powers to demand ICANN turn over .org buyout docs

In an unprecedented move, ICANN’s Address Supporting Organization has exercised its special powers to demand ICANN hand over documents relating to the Ethos Capital acquisition of .org’s Public Interest Registry. There’s a possibility, however small, that this could be the first shot in a war that could see the PIR acquisition scrapped. Fair warning, this […]

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Now PIR rubbishes .org “downtime” claims

Two of Public Interest Registry’s top geeks have come out swinging against recent claims that .org will suffer days of downtime if PIR is acquired by Ethos Capital. Chief technology officer Joe Abley and Susanne Woolf, senior director of technology community engagement, have penned a blog post calling the recent assertions by subcontractor Packet Clearing […]

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