“Ethical Markets is relieved at this news that, so far, the non-profit groups’ favorite domain: .org has been saved from being sold to a for profit hedge fund. But as our Advisory Board member Jacob Malthouse, who has led our team in this battle, we must remain vigilant. Thanks to Amy Sample Ward, CEO, NTEN and all for your successful campaigning!
~Hazel Henderson, Editor“
Quote by Jacob Malthouse:
We did it! Thank you all for your help.
When I began writing about the dot-org sale, it was out of concern for the loss of what I felt strongly was long understood to be a unique place in the Internet’s landscape. Like a national park, dot-org deserved special treatment. It turns out lots of people and organizations agreed with that. On April 30th, 2020, The ICANN Board announced that they agreed as well, and voted to reject the sale of dot-org to private equity. This is a tremendous victory for collective action that brings us hope during a difficult time. However, the battle for dot-org is not over. The Internet Society must now decide whether it will continue to run dot-org, and in whose interest.
You asked to stay informed about updates on the #SaveDotOrg campaign, so I’m writing to you today with an important one: .ORG has been saved!
Thanks to you and tens of thousands of concerned people like you, the sale of the .ORG registry to private equity has been stopped. Thank you for speaking out, signing the petition, and sharing it on social media. This couldn’t have happened without all of us uniting to save the digital home of nonprofits.
For 20 years, .Org has been the online home for nonprofits, NGOs, and community-based groups around the world. It serves both those organizations and the public, helping navigate and support trust, information and resource sharing, and advocacy.
The current global pandemic has further illustrated the importance of nonprofit websites, as most of the world’s leading scientific and research institutions, health and safety resources, and educational services are on .Org websites. The need for reliability and security of the .Org domain is as high as it ever has been, and the proposal to convert PIR from a nonprofit to a for-profit entity and then sell it to private equity firm Ethos Capital would have jeopardized both.
We want to thank the nearly 900 organizations and the 64,000* individuals from all over the world who joined us in calling for the sale to be stopped. The collective voices made a difference.
This is not the final step needed for protecting the .Org domain. ICANN must now open a public process for bids to find a new home for the .Org domain. ICANN has established processes and criteria that outline how to hold a reassignment process. We look forward to seeing a competitive process and are eager to support the participation in that process by the global nonprofit community.
The .Org domain, the third-largest top-level domain, needs a secure and reliable steward that can prove it has the public and nonprofit sector’s interests at its core.
Additional SaveDotOrg coalition signers:
*The combined signatures from petitions hosted by EFF, Fight for the Future, and Open Media.