ICANN Board rejects sale of .org and Public Interest Registry (PIR) to a private entity


Thanks for sharing. This is an interesting development and goes to the
foundation of who owns the public good domains like .org. Much can be
discussed on this issue but the bottom line question is this:-

Can certain public interest digital assets be released to the vagaries of
the profit motive alone?


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On Fri, May 1, 2020 at 12:49 PM Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> The ICANN Board made the decision to reject the proposed change of
> control and entity conversion request that Public Interest Registry (PIR)
> submitted to ICANN.
> After completing extensive due diligence, the ICANN Board finds that
> withholding consent of the transfer of PIR from the Internet Society (ISOC)
> to Ethos Capital is reasonable, and the right thing to do.
> ICANN\’s role is to ensure the stable and secure operation of the
> Internet\’s unique identifier systems. We are dedicated to making the right
> decision, knowing that whatever we decide will be well received by some,
> and not by others. It is our responsibility to weigh all factors from an
> ICANN Bylaws and policies perspective, including considering the global
> public interest. We have done this diligently, ensuring as much
> transparency as possible and welcoming input from stakeholders throughout.
> www.icann.org/news/blog/icann-board-withholds-consent-for-a-change-of-control-of-the-public-interest-registry-pir
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