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

So many questions around governance still linger non the less I personally
give Kudos to ICANN for the move though some think it should be hands off
such transactions but .org is more than just transaction.

I think the most important outcome of this move by ICANN is that atleast
the chances for authoritarian states to censor .org is somewhat hindered.
Imagine a .org run by a for profit corporations that is subjected to some
powerful state influence.

Noah

On Mon, 4 May 2020, 10:18 Twahir Hussein Kassim via kictanet, <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> I think the key word phrase here is *large Internet Community* they
> serve. There have been a series of ZOOM Meetings by ISOC from the onset of
> this. However, it was probably confined (not certain) to only ISOC
> members. From the deliberations during the meetings, I must say they were
> very open minded and consultative. Drawing conclusions from what has been
> exchanged here, seems like the *consultative net* might not have been
> cast wide enough.
>
> Anyways, it is water under the bridge now and lessons need to be drawn
> from this event. Lessons I have personally drawn are: –
>
> 1. Governance is applicable to all
> 2. Public interest discussions should be very inclusive i.e. include
> affected people from within and without the organisations
> 3. For transparency, reasons should be given for decisions taken by
> any decision making body.
>
> My 2 cents
>
>
> On Sun, May 3, 2020 at 8:06 AM Ali Hussein via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> *Ali Hussein*
>>
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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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