ARTS ADVOCACY ALERT: Don’t Let .ORG Registry Be Sold To A Private Equity Firm #SaveDotOrg


By: Drew McManus

In: Web Tech

Everyone in this field is likely aware of how important the .ORG domain extension is to nonprofits. And for nearly two decades, decisions regarding how .ORG registrations and renewals are handled have been the purview of the Internet Society (ISOC).

This organization is responsible for policy decisions such as registration fees, suspensions, and rights protections.

A recent action alert from NTEN highlights a plan by ISOC to sell off the Public Interest Registry to a private equity firm.

Have you heard the news? Control of the .ORG domain is being sold to a private equity firm.

Nonprofits around the world rely on .ORG. It’s become synonymous with the nonprofit sector. Yet the Internet Society has decided to sell it in a betrayal of its 2002 promise to have all .ORG decisions driven by the nonprofit sector.

NTEN has grave concerns about the sale and is one of 26 organizations that have signed a letter in opposition. .

Can I count on you to add your name to the letter right now? We need as many people as we can get to join the opposition. Can we start with you?

If allowed, this sale could put nonprofits at serious risk of price hikes for .ORG domain name registrations and renewals, the influx of organizations abusing .ORG status, and the ability to challenge registration suspensions.

NTEN has joined with 26 nonprofit service organizations to craft an action campaign that provides everything you need to send a letter to ISOC’s leaders insisting they do not allow this sale.

Send The Letter

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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