Re: [African Wikimedians] [Wikimedia-l] .org TLD for sale?

Hey folks,

Quick update here. You may have seen some press coverage already, but this week, a group of technologists, non-profits, policymakers, and internet governance folks filed in California to create a cooperative membership corporation, whose purpose would be to administer the .ORG domain and its revenues on behalf of global non-profits and in support of the open, multistakeholder internet. The intention of the filing body is to demonstrate to ICANN a viable, economically and technically sound alternative to private commercial ownership. The name of the new organization is the Cooperative Corporation of .ORG Registrants, or CCOR.

I’ve been asked to be one of the seven filing directors. The other filing directors include the Executive Director of Packet Clearing House, a non-profit internet research institute, the founding president of ICANN and a former chair of ICANN, a former Member of the European Parliament and digital rights advocate, among others.

We believe that this co-op structure is a good alternative to the intended sale, which we believe has the potential to degrade the integrity and stability of .ORG domains. It is an opportunity for the .ORG community to create a representative governing entity, formalize stewardship of a key piece of internet infrastructure, directly guide the allocation of .ORG revenue, and improve the integrity and independence of the non-profit internet. It aligns with the same values and governance that animate our global Wikimedia communities, and our friends at organizations such as EFF, the Internet Archive, and Mozilla have played key roles in its development. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees has also given their support as part of our broader commitment to the non-commercial, open internet.

I also wanted to make sure to clarify the Foundation’s commitment and my own role in CCOR. The Wikimedia Foundation not funding this effort, and my participation does not entail longer-term financial or other resource support from the Foundation or movement. My own involvement would be a for limited-term: if the effort is successful, my temporary directorship would end after a period, I’ll rotate off and the co-op will elect someone new. If the effort is not successful, the corresponding responsibilities are null.

They’re still working on getting the website up and will publish the articles of incorporation once they do, in case folks want to take a look for themselves.

Happy New Year!


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Thank you (all!) for doing this. A necessary backdrop for whatever comes next. SJ


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