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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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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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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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How much .org would cost with 10% annual price increases

If Ethos raises .org prices by 10% a year, the wholesale cost quickly rises. With 10%-per-year increases, the price of .org domains begins to look like a hockey stick. Ethos Capital, the private equity company that is trying to acquire Public Interest Registry and the .org registry, says it plans to raise .org prices, on […]

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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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