[RndTbl] Fwd: .ORG has been saved!

Hartmut W Sager hwsager at marityme.net
Fri May 1 21:23:50 CDT 2020

I presume that this matter is of interest to at least some MUUG members.

Hartmut W Sager - Tel +1-204-339-8331

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From: Amy Sample Ward, NTEN <info at nten.org>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2020 at 08:40
Subject: You did it! .ORG has been saved!
To: <hwsager at marityme.net>


You asked to stay informed about updates on the #SaveDotOrg campaign, so
I'm writing to you today with an important one: .ORG has been saved!

Thanks to you and tens of thousands of concerned people like you, the sale
of the .ORG registry to private equity has been stopped. Thank you for
speaking out, signing the petition, and sharing it on social media. This
couldn't have happened without all of us uniting to save the digital home
of nonprofits.

Here's the joint statement from NTEN and EFF:

We are thrilled to see *ICANN’s leadership reject the sale*
of Public Interest Registry (PIR) and the .Org top-level domain.

For 20 years, .Org has been the online home for nonprofits, NGOs, and
community-based groups around the world. It serves both those organizations
and the public, helping navigate and support trust, information and
resource sharing, and advocacy.

The current global pandemic has further illustrated the importance of
nonprofit websites, as most of the world’s leading scientific and research
institutions, health and safety resources, and educational services are on
.Org websites. The need for reliability and security of the .Org domain is
as high as it ever has been, and the proposal to convert PIR from a
nonprofit to a for-profit entity and then sell it to private equity firm
Ethos Capital would have jeopardized both.

We want to thank the nearly 900 organizations and the 64,000* individuals
from all over the world who joined us in calling for the sale to be
stopped. The collective voices made a difference.

This is not the final step needed for protecting the .Org domain. ICANN
must now open a public process for bids to find a new home for the .Org
domain. ICANN has established processes and criteria that outline how to
hold a reassignment process. We look forward to seeing a competitive
process and are eager to support the participation in that process by the
global nonprofit community.

The .Org domain, the third-largest top-level domain, needs a secure and
reliable steward that can prove it has the public and nonprofit sector’s
interests at its core.

Additional SaveDotOrg coalition signers:

Access Now

*The combined signatures from petitions hosted by EFF, Fight for the
Future, and Open Media.
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