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

Not even ISOC should be allowed to ‘sell-off’ Public assets without
consultations. I think that sometimes we have this sense that Do-Gooder
organizations like ISOC are above Governance Issues. This is not the case.
In fact, they should be held to higher ideals.

My sense is that this Ethos deal might as well have been a great idea.
However, the way it was executed left a lot to be desired. A lot. I got the
sense that the ISOC Board took the attitude that – *We know better…Trust
us…*Without sensitizing the large Internet Community that they serve.

Kudos to the ICANN Board for taking the position to reject the deal.

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On Fri, May 1, 2020 at 9:22 PM Noah via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> 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.
>
> Noah
>
> 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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