Internet Society Statement in Response to Questions regarding the Preliminary Recommendation to award the .ORG Registry to ISOC
We would like to thank the ICANN staff and the evaluation teams for their preliminary recommendation that ISOC be the successor registry operator for .ORG. ISOC believes that the independent analysis undertaken by four separate groups provided an objective mechanism to ensure that the various bids were carefully and fairly reviewed.
Since the draft recommendation was published, the Internet Society (ISOC) has received a few questions that we feel it would be helpful to address.
As the foremost not-for-profit focused on Internet issues, ISOC has a globally diverse membership (65% outside of North America representing 182 countries) and Board of Directors (59% outside of North America)†and will be a responsible and knowledgeable steward†for the .ORG domain. We believe that ISOC’s globally representative Board and membership will allow us to support PIR in a way that will leverage insights pertinent to the challenges and concerns of regions across the world. This is further evidenced by the close to 600 letters of support ISOC has received to date from over 82 countries.
We believe ISOC brings the best technical capacity to .ORG through its back-end service provider Afilias, who has unmatched experience in running and operating a large-scale, EPP-based, gTLD registry (.INFO). Afilias currently manages close to one million domain names, and has existing relationships with registrars that represent 99% of .ORG registrants today. Drawing on its experience to help launch the EPP-v6 based .AU registry, Afilias’ plans would allow an orderly transition of the .ORG registry from its current operator to PIR, and use innovative RRP to EPP proxy technology to provide registrars a trouble-free transition to the new registry operator. This disciplined process will help .ORG remain stable and secure during and after the transition to the new registry operator.
ISOC’s proposal also clearly outlines a plan to revitalize .ORG, based on its own expertise in the Internet and non-commercial communities, and this will further .ORG’s heritage as the home of non-commercial entities on the Internet. This plan includes a global marketing and public relations program focused on educating non-commercial organizations on the uses of the Internet, with the development of other input mechanisms such as a .ORG Advisory Council and various Web-based tools and features. These will allow .ORG registrants to have a role in the management of .ORG that is absent today.
In addition to this, PIR and Afilias will modernize .ORG with new technical standards by upgrading the registry system to support the new, faster EPP protocol and reducing registration to resolution time from hours to minutes.† In addition, the proposal includes new registry services such as name locking, site linking, directory, and ID certification designed to deliver tailored, valuable services to meet the unique needs of .ORG registrants.††
Overall, we believe ISOC's experience as a not-for-profit organization combined with our expertise in the Internet area, and therefore resultant familiarity with the non-commercial community's problems and needs, coupled with Afilias’ expertise as a stable and proven back end provider, enables us to fully meet all the criteria set forth by the ICANN Board.
We are preparing a formal response to the preliminary staff report. However, in the interim supplemental information can be found at www.isoc.org. We thank the ICANN staff and evaluation teams for their diligence and we welcome the opportunity to answer additional questions with regards to ISOC or our proposal.