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PIR Names Ex-Verisign VP Dave Stewart VP Of Sales And Marketing For .Org/.Ngo/.Ong

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

Public Interest Registry (PIR), the not-for-profit operator of the .org, named former Verisign VP, Dave Stewart As Vice President Of Sales And Marketing Industry for .org and .ngo, .ong

Most recently, Mr. Stewart served as vice president for strategic partnerships at Verisign where he was responsible for account management, channel marketing and business development. During his 10 years at Verisign, he helped champion the .com and .net brands across a global distribution channel of over 900 partners with 100,000-plus resellers, generating over $900 million in revenue

With extensive experience in global technologies and the domain name industry, Mr. Stewart will work alongside CEO Brian Cute on Public Interest Registry’s marketing, sales, product and strategy functions, helping the organization expand its international presence as well as grow market share for the .org and upcoming .ngo and .ong domains. He will join the organization on July 14, 2014.

Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry is quoted as saying:

“Dave was selected as the result of a careful search process – one that focused on not only finding someone with the requisite industry skills and mission-focus which stands at the heart of Public Interest Registry, but also on finding a leader who will enhance our ‘team-first’ culture. Dave embodies all of those qualities and more. He is joining our organization at an incredible time as we look to launch .ngo and .ong later this year while continuing to expand .org’s presence around the world. I have no doubt that his experience combined with his commitment to the public interest will serve us well during the exciting times ahead.”

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PIR Registry (.Org) Launches 3 New gTLD IDN’s Of Organization Into General Availability Today

May 27th, 2014 Comments off


“The Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain, launches General Availability for its three new Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) which translate to “organization” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts – one in Devanagari (.संगठन), one in Cyrillic (.орг), and one in simplified Chinese (.机构).

“The launch of these international domain names allows us to continue expanding upon our ongoing mission of making the Internet a global, accessible place for organizations worldwide,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “Now more than ever, organizations will have the opportunity to heighten communication with native users of Devanagari, Cyrillic and Chinese scripts, all while advancing their missions and causes.”

“By allowing organizations to brand their website addresses in localised scripts, the Public Interest Registry – is providing opportunities for organizations to better communicate their mission, activities and accomplishments to audiences who speak and write in these widely used scripts. These new domains further demonstrate, the registry says, Public Interest Registry’s commitment to helping organization maximize their audience reach on a global scale.”

Currently, there are approximately:

143.5 million people in Russia using Russian Cyrillic as the official alphabet for their national language

497 million people speaking Hindi as a first language and 120 million as a second language

1.4 billion people speaking and writing in some form of Chinese

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PIR Lists Four Reasons Why to Register a .NGO

March 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Public Interest Registry (PIR) the operator of the .org extension is out with a list of reasons to register a .ngo/ong new gtld.

In May 2012, Public Interest Registry formally submitted its applications to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the .ngo and .ong domain extensions as part of the organisation’s global Internet expansion initiative. Along with .ngo/.ong, Public Interest Registry also applied for the creation and management of four internationalized domain names (IDNs) recognized as “organisation,” “org” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts. The four applications include: one in Devenagari (Hindi script), .संगठन; one in Russian Cyrillic, .орг; and two in simplified Chinese, .机构 and .组织机构.

The four reasons that PIR lists are:


Establish Trust


Global Reach

Honestly I thought .org already had these four qualities and that was the reason why over 10 million .org domains were registered. Of course there is not a strict policy on .org and there are commercial, for profit ventures running on a .org. The .org extension also has another characteristic of .com in that many of the top keywords are parked pages, names including:,,, and which was actually regged almost a year before

.NGO/ONG will be different than .org when it comes to who can register, from their FAQ:

NGO|.ONG will work exactly the same as .ORG does today, with one important exception: .ORG is an open domain where anyone can register – individuals, not-for-profits, corporations – to engage and promote communities. .NGO will be a closed top-level domain intended to serve only the non- governmental organization (NGO) community. It will be an exclusive domain extension for NGOs looking for immediate recognition online and broader opportunities for public engagement, funding, and partnerships. Organizations that are non-governmental, non-commercial and non-criminal qualify to get a .NGO domain, and there will be a validation process associated with registration to ensure that prospect applicants qualify.…

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.Org Adds 206K Registrations; Up 2.6% in 2013; 85% Of Registrants Renew For 3 Years Or More

February 19th, 2014 Comments off


PIR, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG Top Level domain name extension, today released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, “The Dashboard,” detailing the increased growth of .ORG throughout 2013.

The report reveals that 206,542 new .ORG domains were registered from January to December 2013, bringing the total number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) to more than 10,346,000 globally.

Other findings outlined in “The Dashboard” include the following:
· The number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) grew by 2.6 percent in 2013.

· When it comes to renewal, 85 percent of .ORG registrants renew their domains for at least three years or more.

· The organisational make-up of the global .ORG community remains diverse with the majority of registrants (20 percent) representing wiki and open source-related causes.
· Charities, schools, and recreational clubs and groups are all equally represented at 8%, respectively.

“The Dashboard” also highlights notable growth outside of North America, with nearly 40% of .ORG registrations stemming from overseas. For example, as Asia continues to be a core growth region for .ORG, China, Japan and India are all represented in the top 10 countries for .ORG registrations, and together comprise approximately 6% of the total .ORG market share.

India alone has increased its .ORG registration market share by 50% between 2012 and 2013 and now boasts more than 159,700 .ORG domains.

The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France remain the top five international markets for .ORG registrants by country outside of the U.S. overall.

Within “The Dashboard,” Public Interest Registry offers insight into its vision and preparations for the 2014 public unveiling of the .NGO and .ONG domains – in addition to four other internationalized domain names (IDNs) that translate into “organisation,” “org” or “structured organisation” in Devanagari, Russian Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts. Public Interest Registry’s applications to create and manage the .NGO|.ONG domains and the new native IDNs were approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013.

For more information on “The Dashboard” or to download a copy, please visit…

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.ORG Launches Website Makeover Contest

October 14th, 2013 Comments off

Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today announced the launch of its . as part of an ongoing effort to empower nonprofit organizations and groups to effectively advance their causes online.

Today through November 8, Public Interest Registry is accepting nominations from leaders and representatives of organizations and nonprofits for a chance to win a newly designed .ORG website from OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specialized in web design and consulting for nonprofit and advocacy groups.

Authorized representatives of any organization – from nonprofits and community groups to corporate foundations and arts and culture venues – are eligible to participate during the open nomination period and share how a newly designed website will help further its mission. A panel of judges will then select up to 10 contest finalists who will advance to the two-week open voting period beginning November 25 where members, supporters and the general public can vote for their favorite organization.

The winning organization will be given the opportunity to work with OmniStudio as the firm designs and develops a new .ORG website. OmniStudio has teamed with Public Interest Registry for the contest as a part of its annual ReachOut Project. Now in its fifth year, OmniStudio ReachOut 2014 aims to help charities and nonprofits revitalize their visual branding to better attract donations, volunteer participation and media attention.

The .ORG Website Makeover Contest will give a deserving organization the means to further communicate their mission. We’re delighted to be working alongside Public Interest Registry on this contest to help give back to organizations that are committed to the greater good.”

To enter, interested organizational representatives are encouraged to submit a nomination form online and official contest rules please visit



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Killer Domain Tv.Org Dropping Tomorrow; In Auction Already

September 4th, 2013 Comments off

A couple of Dropping domains worth noting.

A truly great domain name is on the drop list for tomorrow, Tv.Org

The domain was owned by TSL of Panama which seemed to have acquired the domain in 2009.

The original registrant of the domain seems to be the late Igal Lichtman who owned the domain back in 2004 then it went under privacy until 2007 where is showed  NetrinoUK Limited  of London as the Registrant.

The domain went back under privacy until 2009 when the domain transferred to  Brooke Viner of Queensland Australia and shortly there after the registrant changed to TSL of Panama

From  2007 the domain showed a page advertising “Unlimited TV Show Downloads ” which of course in today’s world would be a huge copyright liability issue.

The domain name dropped and is a closed auction.

With a little over 2 days to go bidding on is at $14,000.

So what do you think Tv.Org will fetch at the drop auction.

You can make your picks here and we are opening the poll on the right.






.Org Registrations up 13.6% in 1st Half of 2013 to 10.3 Million

September 4th, 2013 Comments off

LogoPublic Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain – today released the results of its bi-annual  domain name report, “The Dashboard,” detailing the international and domestic growth of .ORG from January to July 2013.

Specifically, the report revealed that new .ORG registrations increased by 13.6 percent in the first half of 2013.

Other findings from “The Dashboard” include:

  • .ORG has reached 10.3 million domains under management (DUM) representing a net gain of 206,170 new DUM for the first half of 2013, which is an average of 34,361 new DUM per month for a 2% increase.
  • Strong growth in key international markets— specifically in India, who jumped into the top 10 market for .ORG for the first time.
  • .ORG DUM has increased by 86.8 percent since 2007.
  • Public Interest Registry has passed ICANN’s initial evaluation for management of six new gTLD’s  including .NGO, .ONG and four internationalized domain names (IDNs)

Additionally, over the past year, Public Interest Registry conducted a comprehensive international research study on the overall awareness of the .ORG and .NGO/.ONG top-level domains.

This study was conducted in key markets including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil and India.

The research found that in India, .ORG has surged as a Top Level Domain in the past four years with domains under management jumping from just 91,000 to nearly 150,000, a 60% increase.


ICANN Approves Renewal Of .Info; .Org and .Biz Registry Contracts Without URS Being Included

August 26th, 2013 Comments off

According to a resolution passed by the ICANN Board,  ICANN has renewed the registry contracts for the .info, .biz and .org contracts without the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) being included.

On the issue of not requiring the URS to be added to the registry contracts ICANN said:

“”There was a specific community concern raised, and subsequent letters provided to the Board, regarding the inclusion of a requirement for the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) to be included in the renewed agreement, as well as requiring the Registry Operator to use only Registrars contracted under the 2013 RAA. In taking this decision, the Board considered the concern that extending the requirement to use the URS to existing gTLDs (which currently is only a requirement for Registry Operators approved through the the New gTLD Program) would possibly be a matter for policy development.”

“In addition, requiring the imposition of the URS today to millions of domain names may be premature given the implementation schedule for the URS processes. ”

“With regard to the use of Registrars, the renewal agreement includes a term for transition to the exclusive use of Registrars contracted under the 2013 RAA, if certain conditions occur, including if Registrars representing two-thirds of the registrations in the TLD sign the 2013 RAA. ”

“In addition, the Board considered the concerns that requiring this long-operating Registry Operator to immediately transition to the use of Registrars contracted under the 2013 RAA could place the Registry Operator at a disadvantage to other existing gTLD operators that do not have this requirement nor a transitional clause written into their registry agreements. ”

“These issues were also considered with the Registry Operator as part of the development of the renewal agreement.” Acquired By Zuckberberg From Domain Investor After He Owned It For Just One Month

August 21st, 2013 Comments off

Domain name investor Daniel Thralow may have made one of the great flips of all time on the domain name which Facebook Founder Mark Zuckberberg announced last night was the name of  his project to bring the Internet to the 5 billion people who don’t have access.

The domain was sold by Andrew Rosener of Media Options Inc in July who just acquired it back in April.

The domain was listed in newsletter back on April 24th for a listed price of $75,000 who said at the time:

“”Today we have a special opportunity for you with the availability of! ”

“This is a PR4 domain registered all the way back in 1993.”

“Particularly powerful as a .ORG domain, has many possible uses. The name conveys instant credibility and organization. Internet service providers, an internet safety watchdog, an internet consulting firm, a spam or fraud list, and more… Listed at $75,000, a domain like this is rare!”

Domain name investor Daniel Thralow who bought the domain name for an undisclosed amount in just July,  now has sold it to what promises to be one of the most talked about Internet projects.

I reached out to Mr. Thralow though who told

“Some people collect art, some people collect wine…

“I happen to love domain names.

“Over the years I have owned,,, and a few more.

“Nevertheless, was my “Picasso”.

“I thought I would own it forever.

“While I did receive a very fair price for the domain, I miss it very much. It helped to learn it was going to be used for such a great project. ”

Its another success story in the domain investment industry where many simply say all the good domains are gone.

As Dan should if you collect rare and valuable assets like fine wine and art they continue to appreciate in value through good times and bad.

Big shout out and congrats to all involved in the transaction…

Facebook’s Zuckberberg Plans To Connect The World Using Internet.Org; Owned By Andrew Rosener Until July

August 20th, 2013 Comments off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg late Tuesday announced on his Facebook  page, the formation of a partnership with Samsung Electronics, Nokia, Qualcomm  Ericsson, MediaTek and Opera to develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online,and to  make Internet access available to everyone on Earth.

The group is rolling this program out under the domain name

The domain name was owned until recently by Andrew Rosener of Media Options Inc.

According to was owned by Andrew from  May 2013 until July 2013 when it transferred to  Daniel Thralow of Thralow Inc of Naples Florida.

The domain name went under privacy on August 14th, 2013.

I have reached out to Andrew for comment and will update the story when we get any additional information. goal is to bring Internet access to the 5 Billion people that don’t have it around the world.

Its pretty interesting that someone in the domain industry has an involvement in what may become one of the most talked about Internet projects of the year.



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