December 20,2019

Recently, the Internet Society (ISOC) announced its intentions to sell the public interest registry (.ORG) to a newly established private company known as (Ethos Capital), for more than one billion dollars, this means that the last aforementioned company will have the right to influence and control the sites that take the extension (.ORG) numbering more than 10 million and 93 thousand extensions (.ORG DOMAINS).

The Internet Society or Internet community (ISOC) is an international non-profit organization founded in 1992 that directs matters related to setting Internet standards and policies, the organization states that its mission is "to ensure open development, to ensure access and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people on the face of the earth”.

Just six months ago, ICANN removed the price limits for the .ORG Registry Agreement despite opposition from many experts, including large nonprofits, and ICANN is the Internet Corporation for Granted Numbers and Names or "ICANN", it is specialized in distributing and managing IP addresses and domain names and assigning top website names all over the world.

Although ICANN promotes itself that it was not created for profit, and it has dedicated itself to keeping the Internet safe and stable, the cost of using .ORG extensions alone in 2018 amounted to more than 100 million US dollar, and with this sale there will be no guarantees related to controlling the cost of using the .ORG later, especially with the transfer of the (public interest record .ORG) to another profit-driven entity.

The international platform indicated that besides the increasing cost burden, this step may drive other ways to exploit, control, monitor access to user data, and more exclusion of the voices of civil society given to a company not known much to get this data.

The international platform indicated that besides the increasing cost burden, this step may drive other ways to exploit, control, monitor access to user data, and more exclusion of the voices of civil society given to a company not known much to get this data.

 In order to protect civil society organizations from further similar indirect attacks and protect the public interest, efforts must be intensified by organizations and institutions to pressure the Internet Society (ISOC) to stop the decision to sell the extension (.ORG), And that there be direct intervention by (ICANN) in the event that the ISOC keep insisting on the decision to sell, and it must be emphasized that the (.ORG) domain must remain under the management of a non-profit organization, away from the activities of exploitation, control, monitor, prevention, and restrictions on data of organizations and user accounts .

The international platform of NGOs working for Palestine calls on all organizations, institutions and individuals around the world to participate in signing the electronic petition on the website (SAVE.ORG) formed to stop selling the legacy of the largest digital association around the world (.ORG).

You can participate in signing the petition here: https://savedotorg.org/