Registrations for .org Internet domains have long been overseen by the US nonprofit Internet Society, which unexpectedly announced in November 2019 that it was selling control to a year-old company called Ethos Capital.
A group of prominent Internet pioneers is mobilizing to block the $1.1 billion sale of control of the .org Internet domain, arguing that the takeover of .org by a newly formed private company would hurt the millions of nonprofits that rely on it. In a move to press the US based ICANN to block the sale, prominent Internet executives told Reuters they have created a nonprofit cooperative they are offering as an alternative owner of .org.
Hundreds of nonprofits have already objected to the transaction, worried that Ethos will raise registration and renewal prices, cut back on infrastructure and security spending, or make deals to sell sensitive data or allow censorship or surveillance.
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