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ICANN votes down controversial .org sale proposal

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The group that oversees web domains has rejected a proposal to switch administration of the .org top-level area from a nonprofit to a personal fairness group. ICANN mentioned it wouldn’t approve the sale of .org operator Public Curiosity Registry as a result of it might create “unacceptable uncertainty” for the area, citing considerations about debt and the intentions of the for-profit agency Ethos Capital.

In a blog post, ICANN’s board mentioned the sale would have given up the present focus of PIR in favor of “an entity that’s certain to serve the pursuits of its company stakeholders, and which has no significant plan to guard or serve the .org group.” It additionally famous that the sale would go away PIR with a $360 million debt that might destabilize its operation sooner or later.

PIR was based by the Web Society (or ISOC) to deal with the .org area in 2003. However in late 2019, ISOC introduced that it might switch management of .org to Ethos in change for a $1 billion endowment. The transfer instantly drew criticism from advocacy teams like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in addition to some unique members of ICANN, together with its first chair Esther Dyson. Opponents took issue with the prospect of an fairness agency managing nonprofit domains, regardless of guarantees that it wouldn’t implement worth hikes or act as a censor.

The .org controversy has put a typically low-profile group within the highlight, particularly as ICANN’s choice has been delayed a number of occasions because it requested extra details about the deal. Earlier this month, California’s legal professional normal Xavier Becerra urged ICANN to reject the sale, warning that it “might place in danger the operational stability of the .org registry.” The board echoed Becerra’s complaints in its choice.

The EFF praised ICANN’s transfer, calling it “a serious victory for the hundreds of thousands of nonprofits, civil society organizations, and people who make .org their house on-line.”

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