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.”
“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
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.
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: Hosting.org,Cloud.org, Videos.org,Games.org and Sex.org which was actually regged almost a year before Sex.com.
.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.…