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The sale of .ORG

Of course reading Kieren McCarthy’s articles will never give a balanced
view. He looks at things from the most cynical perspective.

Yes, we have been following the debate keenly.

Ali, here is ICANN’s allegedly response
domainnamewire.com/2019/11/30/icann-says-it-does-not-have-authority-over-org-transaction/

And you cannot really compare the sale as selling a public playground. The
.org was owned 100% by PIR and in extension ISOC. It is not owned by
communities, neither is it owned by non profits. Don’t let names like Ethos
Capital or Public Interest Registry fool you. It is all commercial. ISOC
won a competitive bid to manage the .org in 2003, and they have ultimate
authority over how they profit from it.

Here I some good reading on the debacle:

1. The interesting connection between the .Org deal and ICANN
domainnamewire.com/2019/11/13/the-interesting-connection-between-the-org-deal-and-icann/

2. Ethos paid $1.135 billion for .Org
domainnamewire.com/2019/11/29/ethos-paid-1-135-billion-for-org/

3. ISOC CEO repeats the registry competition fallacy
domainnamewire.com/2019/11/26/isoc-ceo-repeats-the-registry-competition-fallacy/

4. ISOC chapter breaks ranks, criticizes deal to sell .Org
domainnamewire.com/2019/11/27/isoc-chapter-breaks-ranks-criticizes-deal-to-sell-org/

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019, 14:03 Ali Hussein via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Sidney
>
> Thanks for sharing. This is akin to selling public land assigned for
> public good to a private developer.
>
> What is going on? And what is ICANN’s response to this?
>
> Regards
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> On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 1:12 PM Sidney Ochieng via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>> Hi all,
>> Have you all be keeping tabs on the sale of the the .org TLD?
>> Catch up here:
>> Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for $$$$ to private
>> equity firm, price caps axed:
>> www.theregister.co.uk/2019/11/20/org_registry_sale_shambles/
>> Please take some time to oppose this here: savedotorg.org/
>>
>> —
>> Regards,
>> Sidney
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