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Conflict of interest : #ISOC sale of #ORG saga spills over to #Wikipedia

The sale of dot .ORG Registry, PIR, by ISOC has now spilled over to Wikipedia. There are now allegations that the ISOC page is being edited by an Internet Society associate, without declaring this conflict. These edits are reversing a recent addition of information that – according to its editor – paints ISOC in a […]

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No, #GoDaddy is not fit to become the dot #ORG Registry!

Domain Name Wire wrote a fantasy football article today, suggesting that GoDaddy should consider picking up the dot .ORG Registry, as a “white knight.” Setting that impossible scenario aside, as .ORG is not up for grabs in any kind of auction, here’s why this is a terrible idea. We already know the minimum cost of […]

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Today : Community call on the ISoc sale of #PIR and dot #ORG

At 3pm Eastern time today, there will be a public community call on the sale of PIR, Registry for .ORG domains, by the Internet Society (ISoc.) Participating in the one hour event is free and can be joined via a web browser here. The event is organized by NTEN and will be presented in English. […]

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Quality #ORG domain names will sell nicely regardless of renewal fees

The controversy surrounding the timing of the sale of PIR, managers of .ORG, is ongoing. Time will tell whether there was an underlying agenda in how the acquisition of PIR by fresh corp Ethos Capital followed the uncapping of .ORG prices, with the blessings of ICANN. For now, it seems that renewal fees are of […]

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Techdirt : Sketchy #ICANN executives and the #ORG deal

An article at Techdirt refers to the “self-serving” .ORG deal as the result of very “sketchy” actions by executives at ICANN. The article points out the various steps in the deal that secured the removal of price caps for .ORG domains, and once this was in place, the announcement of PIR’s sale for a reputedly […]

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Girl #Scouts of America and the #YMCA protest the sale of .ORG registry to Ethos Capital

The Girl Scouts of America and the YMCA have joined numerous organizations, protesting the sale of PIR – the Registry for .ORG domains – to Ethos Capital. According to a BBC article, the Internet Society has been sent almost 7,000 letters asking it to halt the sale of PIR to Ethos, as part of a […]

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Number 8 : Single digit .ORG in the hands of a domain investor

PIR, the .ORG domain registry, launched Project 94 a few years ago; the allocation of one or two letter/number .ORG domains to benefit communities. When .ORG first emerged in 1985, certain policies and recommendations required that a registry “set aside” a select number of domain names for future registration. Among this group of reserved names […]

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PIR Registry raises .ORG domain prices once again

Taking advantage of its contract with ICANN, the .ORG Registry, PIR, is rising prices once again. On August 1st, wholesale prices will be increased by 10% and the cost will be passed onto the consumers, naturally, by their respective Registrars. PIR is not the only domain Registry to raise prices per their ICANN agreement; Verisign, […]

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ORG vs The Pirate Bay : Copyright Alliance calls the PIR Registry “hypocritical”

The Pirate Bay, a long term host of torrent links to content that, for the most part, violates many a copyright, has returned to its domain roots. After a journey that took the pirate organization’s domain through a series of ccTLD domains, including dot .SE, it’s back to .ORG. ThePirateBay.org is the current, active home […]

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Will dot .ORG be abandoned in favor of .ONG and .NGO ?

The Public Interest Registry (PIR) has been touting its firstborn TLD, dot .ORG non-stop, and that is great. As one of the three original TLDs, dot .ORG has been adopted by businesses and individuals world-wide, and it has done so despite its initial “proper” use for organizations only. Due to its large adoption base, we […]

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PIR Facebook ad: Do people really trust dot .ORG domains?

A new online campaign by PIR – the domain Registry behind the dot .ORG domain extension – appears to be focusing on “trust“. Stating, “With .org domains, organizations instill trust and credibility – sometimes even inspiration“,  the Facebook campaign presents a photo of mountain climbers that are apparently “inspired” to climb the highest peaks. Great […]

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PIR: Domainers split over proper pronunciation of ‘ORG’

PIR, the .org domain Registry, has revealed that in a recent poll among domainers, a serious operating issue became evident. While there is no doubt that the overall success of .org domains over the years is paramount, particularly since .org domain registrations exceed 10 million, few domainers actually know how ‘ORG’ is pronounced. “A lot […]

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