Should we be concerned about .org being sold to an investment company?

Not sure if anyone else has noticed, but apparently the Internet Society figured it was a splendid idea to sell the management of the .org TLD to a capital investment company.

This bothers me quite bit. Of course the Internet has always been a vague ownership model since the 2000s or so, but as an NGO I think this step doesn’t fit us and our interests at all and I think we should speak up about it.

The .org part of our domains are rather critical to our infrastructure and not only do we have very little say over it, it got SOLD to people who are only in it for the money. A TLD that is representing so many ideological causes was sold to an entity with 1 idealogical cause… making money.

[Edit] Read more about attempts to stop this at


The WMF is big enough to run their own TLD and drop the dot org. For example wikipedia as TLD.


The Foundation is listed among the signers already, I hadn’t noticed it.


Im pretty sure they were not originally listed. But its common for these kinds of efforts to take a while to get going with all the signatories

Good of the foundation for getting us on the list though!