The Register: Ex-boss of ICANN shifts from ‘advisor’ to co-CEO of private equity biz that tried to buy .org for $1bn+

The Register: Ex-boss of ICANN shifts from ‘advisor’ to co-CEO of private equity biz that tried to buy .org for $1bn+. “The former head of DNS regulator ICANN has been named as co-CEO of a company that launched a controversial attempt to purchase the .org internet registry earlier this year. The news has again raised concerns about the revolving doors between regulators and those who need regulation.”

The Register: Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

The Register: Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it. “The non-profit organizations that fought to halt the sale of the .org registry to a newly created private equity firm are demanding an independent review into the fiasco, which pitted charities against domain registrars over the billion-dollar aborted deal.”

The Register: ICANN delays .org sell off after California’s attorney general intervenes at last minute, tears non-profit a new one over sale

The Register: ICANN delays .org sell off after California’s attorney general intervenes at last minute, tears non-profit a new one over sale. “ICANN has again delayed a decision on the sale of the .org registry, pushing the issue off for another month multiple sources with knowledge of Thursday’s meeting, have told The Register. The organization’s board of directors was due to decide [Thursday] on whether to approve the $1.13bn sale of the .org domain from the Internet Society to private equity firm Ethos Capital, but a last-minute letter from California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra appears to have upended the plan.”

France24: Internet overseers seek crackdown on coronavirus website scams

France24: Internet overseers seek crackdown on coronavirus website scams. “The agency that oversees online addresses on Tuesday called for those issuing website address to vigilantly thwart cyber scams exploiting coronavirus fears. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers took the unusual step of firing off a letter to ‘registrars’ entrusted with the business of issuing website names around the world.”

The Register: Four months, $1bn… and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go

The Register: Four months, $1bn… and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go. “In 11 days, DNS overseer ICANN is supposed to rule on the $1.13bn purchase of a critical piece of the internet – the .org registry with its 10 million domain names. But ICANN has yet to even decide what criteria it will use decide whether to green-light the takeover.”

ZDNet: The for-profit takeover of the non-profit ‘.org’ top-level domain

ZDNet: The for-profit takeover of the non-profit ‘.org’ top-level domain. “At first glance, the proposed deal makes little sense. The Internet Society is trying to sell the non-profit Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for the ‘.org’ top-level domain (TLD), to the new private-equity firm Ethos Capital for $1.135 billion. There are about 10.5 million .org domains, and most — but not all — are non-profits. Where’s the money? “

Search Engine Journal: Domains Ending in .Com to Reportedly Get More Expensive

Search Engine Journal: Domains Ending in .Com to Reportedly Get More Expensive. “The new contract allows Verisign to charge domain registrars 7% more for .com domains per year for the next 4 years (2020-2023). Prices will then be frozen for 2 years, followed by more increases between 2026 and 2029.”

Mashable: Sale of .org domain registry delayed by California attorney general

Mashable: Sale of .org domain registry delayed by California attorney general. “California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) demanding more information about the private equity takeover of the .org domain registry. The attorney general is seeking answers to 35 questions concerning the sale as well as documents sent between ICANN, private equity firm Ethos Capital, and Public Interest Registry (PIR), which manages the .org domain.”

ICANN Directors: Take a Close Look at the Dot Org Sale (Mozilla)

Mozilla Blog: ICANN Directors: Take a Close Look at the Dot Org Sale. “As outlined in two previous posts, we believe that the sale of the nonprofit Public Interest Registry (PIR) to Ethos Capital demands close and careful scrutiny. ICANN — the body that granted the dot org license to PIR and which must approve the sale — needs to engage in this kind of scrutiny.”

EFF: ICANN Needs To Ask More Questions About the Sale of .ORG

EFF: ICANN Needs To Ask More Questions About the Sale of .ORG. “Over 21,000 people, 660 organizations, and now six Members of Congress have asked ICANN, the organization that regulates the Internet’s domain name system, to halt the $1.135 billion deal that would hand control over PIR, the .ORG domain registry, to private equity. There are crucial reasons this sale is facing significant backlash from the nonprofit and NGO communities who make the .ORG domain their online home, and perhaps none of them are more concerning than the speed of the deal and the dangerous lack of transparency that’s accompanied it.”

The Register: ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don’t need to know any more

The Register: ICANN finally reveals who’s behind purchase of .org: It’s ███████ and ██████ – you don’t need to know any more. “DNS overlord ICANN has finally released additional details over the proposed sale of the .org internet registry to a private equity firm – details that raise more questions than answers. Key among these peculiarities is that they don’t name who will end up in charge of the billion-dollar entity that oversee 10 million .org internet addresses, including many of the world’s largest non-profits and charities.”

The Verge: ICANN’s founding chairman joins the battle to keep .org out of private hands

The Verge: ICANN’s founding chairman joins the battle to keep .org out of private hands. “The new non-profit cooperative corporation, officially called the Cooperative Corporation of .ORG Registrants, is led by many people who currently have or have had influence over the inner workings of the Internet, including Esther Dyson, the founding chairman of ICANN (the non-profit that oversees domain names on the internet), Katherine Maher, the CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation (the parent company of Wikipedia), and William Woodcock, the executive director of Packet Clearing House (an organization that helps support internet infrastructure and the domain name system).”

BoingBoing: We need to save .ORG from arbitrary censorship by halting the private equity buy-out

BoingBoing: We need to save .ORG from arbitrary censorship by halting the private equity buy-out . “The .ORG top-level domain and all of the nonprofit organizations that depend on it are at risk if a private equity firm is allowed to buy control of it. EFF has joined with over 250 respected nonprofits to oppose the sale of Public Interest Registry, the (currently) nonprofit entity that operates the .ORG domain, to Ethos Capital. Internet pioneers including Esther Dyson and Tim Berners-Lee have spoken out against this secretive deal. And 12,000 Internet users and counting have added their voices to the opposition.”

Mashable: Powerful internet authority says it’s powerless to stop billion dollar .org takeover

Mashable: Powerful internet authority says it’s powerless to stop billion dollar .org takeover . “ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization empowered to manage the internet’s domain name system, has said it will not stop the sale of the .org top level domain (TLD) extension from a nonprofit to a private equity firm.”

The Register: Internet industry freaks out over proposed unlimited price hikes on .org domain names

The Register: Internet industry freaks out over proposed unlimited price hikes on .org domain names. “The organization that oversees the domain name system, ICANN, has proposed an end to price caps on one of the internet’s most popular extensions – .org – and many in the internet industry are unhappy about it.”