Controversial .ORG Registry Sale Stopped In Its Tracks After ICANN Bows
to Fierce Public Pressure

Controversial .ORG Registry Sale Stopped In Its Tracks After ICANN Bows to Fierce Public Pressure


ICANN
has a long history of ignoring
public sentiment
. The
organization that oversees the
domain name system is famous (or I
should say infamous) for their
public comment periods that are
allegedly aimed at gauging
community support
on various
issues. Infamous because time after
time, even when the public is overwhelmingly
opposed
, they simply ignore the
comments and institute the unpopular
policy anyhow. 

The
charade has played out so many times
over the years that few expected the
result to be any different when
ICANN queried the community on
allowing ISOC
to sell the Public
Interest Registry
, the
administrator or .ORG, to a
private equity company, Ethos
Capital
for $1.135 billion..and
in fact, despite a firestorm
of widespread public protest, ICANN
appeared to be on the verge of doing
just that. 

The
wind suddenly shifted
when
California’s Attorney General
Xavier Becerra
wrote ICANN a letter
April 15 advising them to reject
the deal
. With ICANN
headquartered in California, Becerra
was in a position to hold ICANN’s
feet to the fire
and they
buckled late Thursday night (April
30), announcing
they would not approve the
sale to Ethos. Some think Ethos may
now sue, but the immediate threat
has been defused.



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