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Dot .ORGy : #PIR confirms Fadi Chehade link, defends sale of company to Ethos Capital

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PIR, managers of the dot .ORG TLD, have launched a new website, called “Key Points about .ORG.”

The web site, at KeyPointsAbout.ORG, contains some new information about its acquisition by for-profit company, Ethos Capital.

PIR also confirms the link to former ICANN president, Fadi Chehade:

Is Fadi Chehade involved in this transaction?

Fadi Chehade’s company, Chehade & Company, is an adviser to Ethos. Chehade & Company is an advisory company with clients across the technology, education and creative sectors.

Mr. Chehade is a board member of Sentry Data Systems and Interactions LLC and serves as an advisory board member of the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Previously he was the President and CEO of ICANN, a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and a Senior Advisor to the Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

On this propaganda web site, PIR makes the rather extraordinary claim that PIR has received an outpouring of support for the sale:

Is the Internet Community supportive of this transaction?

PIR has received strong support by a number of individuals and organizations throughout the Internet community who / that understand the value of this transaction and the opportunity it will provide to both PIR and the .ORG Community.

Vint Cerf, the former Chairman of the Board of ICANN and founding President of the Internet Society, has publicly said: “I am looking forward to supporting Ethos Capital and PIR in any way I can as they continue to expand the utility of the .ORG top-level domain in creative and socially responsible ways.”

As expected, concerns that have been raised have mainly been related to pricing. We hope the information we have provided on pricing helps to allay those concerns.

It’s unclear exactly how the Internet community is supposedly supportive of such a transaction, in particular after 3,200 comments opposing the removal of price capping were disregarded by ICANN.

Domain investors and companies using .ORG domains are encouraged to visit the Save .ORG web site.


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