Back in November, 2019 I published an action alert about an attempt by a private equity firm to purchase the .org registry. This would mean all the nonprofit organizations that rely on the registry to maintain affordable registration rates would have gone up in smoke.
Thankfully, a large coalition of voices helped persuade the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from going through with the deal.
It’s tough to underscore just how important of a win this was. If you need reassurance, look at how gizmodo.com described the outcome. They certainly didn’t pull any punches when it came to their feelings about the private equity firm seeking to purchase the rights (emphasis added):
Something good has happened for once: The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers voted to block its partner organization, the Internet Society, from selling off control over the .org domain registry to private equity goons in a deal opposed by virtually everyone who wouldn’t have an opportunity to cash in.
Ethos Capital, a firm which reportedly only had two employees as of last December but was backed by a number of greater vampires…had offered ISOC a mind-boggling $1.13 billion to sell it the Public Interest Registry, which controls .org domain registration and collects associated fees.
If you chipped in back in November then you deserve a hardy attaboy and I hope you relish in the satisfaction that yes, making your voice heard does matter.