The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other internet organizations such as Creative Commons and Internet Archive have launched the SaveDotOrg campaign,media reported. Through the campaign, campaigners hope that the Internet Society (ISOC) will abandon the deal to sell Public Interest Registry, or PIR, to Ethos Capital. Ethos Capital is understood to be the largest private equity company in sub-Saharan Africa.
The EFF-led campaign group says the sale of THE PIR will affect NGOs around the world that rely on .ORG Top-level Domain Names (TLD). In PIR transactions, you can see that the .ORG registration fee is increasing without ICANN or the .ORG community approval. The EFF points out that many NGOs are in trouble over funding, and many may be forced to pay higher fees or lose. The legitimacy of the ORG domain name.
The EFF is concerned that Ethos Capital could unilaterally implement The Rights Mechanism, which could lead to the end of the review of legitimate non-profit activities. In addition, new buyers can add procedures for suspending domain names based on charges of violations of applicable law, which the EFF considers should not be enforced.
Finally, the EFF notes that isOC committed itself to using the resources of ISOC’s expanded global network to advance policy and management when it proposed the transfer of management of .ORG to PIR in 2002. And now isOC’s sale of PIR is in the EFF’s view a betrayal of the promises made nearly 20 years ago.