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posted by janrinok on Thursday February 20 2020, @05:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the maybe-too-late dept.

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale... by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org':

The Internet Society's own members are now opposing its sale of the .org internet registry to an unknown private equity firm.

The Chapters Advisory Council, the official voice of Internet Society (ISOC) members, will vote this month on whether to approve a formal recommendation that the society "not proceed [with the sale] unless a number of conditions are met."

Those conditions largely comprise the publication of additional details and transparency regarding ISOC's controversial sell-off of .org. Despite months of requests, neither the society nor the proposed purchaser, Ethos Capital, have disclosed critical elements of the deal, including who would actually own the registry if the sale went through.

[...] ISOC – and .org's current operator, the ISOC-controlled Public Interest Registry (PIR) – are still hoping to push DNS overseer ICANN to make a decision on the .org sale before the end of the month. But that looks increasingly unlikely following an aggressive letter from ICANN's external lawyers last week insisting ICANN will take as much time as it feels necessary to review the deal.

The overall lack of transparency around the $1.13bn deal has led California's Attorney General to demand documents relating to the sale – and ISOC's chapters are demanding the same information as a pre-condition to any sale in their proposed advice to the ISOC board.

That information includes: full details of the transaction; a financial breakdown of what Ethos Capital intends to do with .org's 10 million internet addresses; binding commitments on limiting price increases and free speech protections; and publication of the bylaws and related corporate documents for both the replacement to the current registry operator, PIR, and the proposed "Stewardship Council" which Ethos claims will give .org users a say in future decisions.

[...] "There is a feeling amongst chapters that ISOC seems to have disregarded community participation, failed to properly account for the potential community impact, and misread the community mindset around the .ORG TLD," the Chapters Advisory Council's proposed advice to the ISOC board – a copy of which The Register has seen – states.

Although the advisory council has no legal ability to stop ISOC, if the proposed advice is approved by vote, and the CEO and board of trustees push ahead with the sale regardless, it could have severe repercussions for the organization's non-profit status, and would further undermine ISOC's position that the sale will "support the Internet Society's vision that the Internet is for everyone."


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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @08:30PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20 2020, @08:30PM (#960430)

    He did actually quote the full phrase, "love of money is the root of all evil".

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  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday February 20 2020, @11:42PM

    by Freeman (732) on Thursday February 20 2020, @11:42PM (#960497) Journal

    Which is why I said what I said. It's a bit unusual to see someone not leave off that "for the love of" part.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2020, @03:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2020, @03:55PM (#960687)

    OK, but it still missed the rest of that verse.

    "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains." [1 Timothy 6:10, NRSV].

    The missing elements: It's not "all" evil but "all kinds of" evil. The Greek written originals suppport that interpretation as well.
    And it's not just that it causes evil but that it causes one to walk off the path of faith and harm themselves as well. Contextually the entire chapter is not warning the public about what causes evil, but rather trying to say what it can do to the individual who goes after it. Not so much a warning to the Republic about the Sith as narrating how bad it was for Anakin Skywalker to walk away from the light side of the Force.

    That said, two verses earlier aligns to what Thexalon was saying. "Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these." [1 Tim 6:6-8]

    Here endeth the exegesis.