Non Profit Web Domain .org registry sold to private venture

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 10:27 AM | Farah Mendlesohn (Administrator)

This is rather big news and could have significant fall out for Charities both in terms of costs and the reliability of site identification:

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Special report The sale of one of the internet’s most popular registries to a private equity firm has revived concerns over how the domain name system is governed.

At the end of last week, the Internet Society (ISOCannounced that it has sold the rights to the .org registry for an undisclosed sum to a private equity company called Ethos Capital. The deal is set to complete in the first quarter of next year.

The decision shocked the internet industry, not least because the .org registry has always been operated on a non-profit basis and has actively marketed itself as such. The suffix “org” on an internet address – and there are over 10 million of them – has become synonymous with non-profit organizations.

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