ICANN Board rejects sale of .org and Public Interest Registry (PIR) to a private entity

Is this a good move by the ICANN board or should ICANN be hands of business
and continue playing the coordination and administration.?

Is the .org is better off with PIR folks or should it have been managed by
the folks at Ethos?

Then there is a school of thought that says non-profits are best off not
trusting folks who are after stock/profit to manage such a tld which so
many have come to depend on.

In anycase, PIR needs continued support from the folks at ISOC who am sure
must be very disappointed by this outcome.

So even post IANA translation and the empowered community we still got lots
of Politics, lobbyists, courts etc going.


On Fri, May 1, 2020 at 12:49 PM Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> The ICANN Board made the decision to reject the proposed change of
> control and entity conversion request that Public Interest Registry (PIR)
> submitted to ICANN.
> After completing extensive due diligence, the ICANN Board finds that
> withholding consent of the transfer of PIR from the Internet Society (ISOC)
> to Ethos Capital is reasonable, and the right thing to do.
> ICANN’s role is to ensure the stable and secure operation of the
> Internet’s unique identifier systems. We are dedicated to making the right
> decision, knowing that whatever we decide will be well received by some,
> and not by others. It is our responsibility to weigh all factors from an
> ICANN Bylaws and policies perspective, including considering the global
> public interest. We have done this diligently, ensuring as much
> transparency as possible and welcoming input from stakeholders throughout.
> www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-board-withholds-consent-for-a-change-of-control-of-the-public-interest-registry-pir
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