Public Interest Registry (PIR) has become the first gTLD registry to undergo a human rights assessment with ARTICLE 19 and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) collaborating to guide the .org registry in its human rights efforts. The report was largely positive, finding PIR’s “policies and operational procedures respected human rights so they cause few negative impacts.”
It’s been an interesting year for Public Interest Registry, the .org operator. For months following the announcement of the proposed takeover by Ethos Capital there was intense debate as to whether it should go ahead. After many months of deliberations, ICANN rejected the takeover and PIR is back to where it was before Ethos made its bid: intent on becoming an even better registry, focussing on quality registrations and growing in its global markets in a more meaningful way.
Public Interest Registry published their 2018 annual report Thursday, highlighting what for them was a âsolid year for .org, from exceeding financial goals to continuing to grow a strong user base with high renewal rates. These results are a direct reflection of PIRâs commitment to promoting quality domains in the .org base.â For 2019, the .org registry is âputting an even greater focus on combating abuse and making significant investments in education and outreach initiatives.â
It was a year that saw domain names under management for .org drop to 10.3 million at the end of 2018 from 10.4 million at the end of 2017. Renewals though increased by 100,000 from 6.7m to 6.8m while the renewal percentage increased from 75.7% to 77.4%.
But .org wasnât the only top-level domain in the top 10 by registration numbers to drop with .de and .uk also dropping by around 100,000 according to Verisignâs Domain Name Industry Brief, but .net (500,000) and .ru (400,000) dropped even further while .info dropped from being the eighth largest TLD with 6.4 million registrations to sliding out of the top 10 meaning their registration count was somewhere below 4.8 million registrations which is what the tenth largest TLD (.tw) had at the end of 2018.
As the annual report notes, they are challenging times with there now being 1,250 gTLDs including PIRâs .ong and .ngo and 4 others, currently with just shy of 8,000 registrations, compared to the 6 when .org was created in 1984.
Financially 2018 was a year in which PIR note they exceeded their financial goals with net bookings growing $1.1m to 93.0m and operating income jumping $7.0m to $45.9m. For 2018 mid-year PIR made some âboldâ business decisions, that led to a strong financial performance, and results specifically reflecting an ongoing commitment to high ethical standards. Mid-year also saw a realignment of marketing incentives a renewed focus on the quality (not just the quantity) of .org registrations. The .org Community grew as the result of this change. There were more quality registrations and more users. This led to significant contributions toward Internet Societyâs work for an open, globally-connected, secure and trustworthy Internet for everyone.
Other achievements in 2018 highlighted in the report were reorganising the management structure to align with strategic priorities, sharpening efforts to further improve the quality of the .org base, maintaining the robust .org renewal rates, and producing strong financial results in support of the Internet Society and their work to keep the Internet free and open for all. The report also details PIRâs plans for 2019, which include initiatives aligned with PIRâs mission to help educate those who are making a difference in their communities through the power of .org.
In 2019, PIR is building upon these efforts through the launch of the Quality Performance Index (QPI) initiative, which helps reward those registrars who are growing and maintaining trust in the .org domain while identifying areas of improvement for registrars when it comes to online trust.
The Report also details PIRâs robust anti-abuse program, its policy and privacy initiatives, and expanding education and outreach efforts. For 2019, PIR is putting an even greater focus on combating abuse online and making significant investments in education and outreach initiatives. PIR also is establishing a .ORG Impact Awards program to recognise the incredible work of organisations across the globe, and creating a PIR Grants Program to connect PIR with highly motivated individuals and groups with mutual aspirations to help them further their missions.
âPIR achieved the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2018, thanks in no small part to the inspiring work of the .org community. Itâs the people and organisations using .org to make a positive impact on the world who motivate us to remain diligent in our stewardship of the .org domain,â said Jon Nevett, who was appointed President and CEO of Public Interest Registry in December 2018.
âThis year, we are in the midst of a number of exciting initiatives aimed at providing even more support for the broad .org community and our domain industry partners. These include maintaining .org as the most trusted domain extension, amplifying our education and outreach efforts, and continuing to expand our already robust anti-abuse program.â
To download the 2018 Annual Report in full, go to: https://pir.org/pir-2018-annual-report/
Public Interest Registry has announced Jonathon Nevett will commence as their new CEO on 17 December, replacing Brian Cute who resigned in May. Nevett, a Donuts co-founder, himself recently stepped down from his role at Donuts as executive vice president of corporate affairs but remained for a short time as a close advisor to the company. Continue reading PIR Announces Jonathon Nevett As New CEO
The Public Interest Registry (PIR), who operates a number of gTLDs including .org, ngo and .ong and associated internationalised domain names, has begun accepting nominations for their Board of Directors.
In 2019 there are three positions opening on the PIR Board. The three directors will serve a 3-year term that begins mid-year 2019 and expires mid-year 2022. PIR says prior board experience is preferred. All directors must be able to read and understand a balance sheet, as well as read and communicate effectively in the English language.
There are approximately 15 full days per year for face-to-face meetings (not including travel time), regular conference calls (generally monthly), and daily email correspondence. Directors that participate in all meetings are eligible to accept compensation up to US$12,000 per year
Brian Cute, CEO and President of the Public Interest Registry, has resigned after 7 years at the helm, the registry best known for .org has announced. While there is nothing to indicate anything untoward, the resignation and announcement seem to have been rather sudden.
Cute resigned on 7 May according to the PIR statement released Thursday. During his time as president and CEO, Cute helped advance Public Interest Registryâs mission through the headwinds of todayâs complex and diversified online marketplace, according to the statement. Public Interest Registry say they appreciated the leadership Cute has shown the organisation and the many contributions he made during his tenure. Public Interest Registry wishes him great success in his future endeavours.
The Public Interest Registry Board of Directors will soon commence a recruitment process to fill the CEO position, according to the statement. Jay Daley is serving as interim CEO. Daley knows the registry industry extraordinarily well, having served in various leadership roles within the industry since 2002. Daley is a recent addition to the Public Interest Registry Board and has indicated to the Board that he will continue in that role after the interim period. He will not be pursuing the full-time CEO position.
âWe at Public Interest Registry remain steadfast in our mission. Public Interest Registry has enabled countless non-commercial organisations across the globe to utilise the internetâs enormous potential to make the world a better place. And weâll continue to do our part and provide them with tools they need to advance their initiatives online,â said Roberto Gaetano, Chair of Public Interest Registryâs Board of Directors.
Public Interest Registry is a non-profit organisation that operates the .org top-level domain â the worldâs third-largest generic top-level domain with more than 10.4 million domain names registered worldwide â and the .ngo and .ong gTLDs and OnGood community website. Public Interest Registry also operates 4 Internationalised Domain Names to support and encourage local language use of the internet.
Over two-thirds (68.3%) of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) around the world use a .org domain name to get online compared to the less than one in 10 (9.2%) that use a .com, according to the 2017 Global NGO Online Technology Report published by the Public Interest Registry (PIR) this week. The report found 2.2% used the .ngo gTLD, 1.8% used .net and 18.5% used other TLDs, predominately country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs).The report is the second from the registry operator for the .org, .ngo and .ong (generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and surveyed nearly double the number of survey respondents from 2016 – 4,908 for 2017 compared to 2,780 for 2016 – and the findings make for a solid foundation to assert benchmarks for success.The report seeks to gain a better understanding of how NGOs worldwide use online technology to engage their supporters and donors but also provides interesting research into TLD usage around the world.Among top level domains, there is a wide variation between the world’s regions on which one they choose. In Asia 66% use .org, 5% use .ngo. 10% use .com and 19% use other TLDs, predominately ccTLDs.In Australia and Oceania, 45% use .org domain, 2% use .ngo, 11% use .com and 42% use other domains, again predominately ccTLDs.Within Europe, 47% use .org, 2% use .ngo, 7% use .com and 44% use other domains, predominately ccTLDs, the highest of any region.In North America, 77% use .org domain, 1% use .ngo, 9% use .com and 13% use other domains, predominately ccTLDs with it likely the vast majority of these being Canadian NGOs using .ca as well as some using .us.Within South America, 68% use .org, 11% use .com, 29% use other domains, predominately ccTLDs. And finally, within Africa 66% use .org, 3% use .ngo, 12% use .com and 22% use other domains, predominately again ccTLDs.It’s not unexpected, but it appears to be developed western countries outside the United States are much more likely to use their own ccTLD than the US or developing countries. Part of this comes down to trust. For example, the Nigerian internet Registration Association (NiRA) is working hard to promote their .ng ccTLD within Nigeria. But they face a battle to develop awareness and trust. In an interview with Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper, Reverend Sunday Folayan, the President, Executive Board of Directors of NiRA said “Nigerians [hardly] consume local goods because they believe there is a level of inferiority attached to it.”The report is available for download from:
[news release] Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, today issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management of its back-end registry services, concluding the Request for Information (RFI) phase of its procurement. Accordingly, all RFI participants â more than 20 in total, representing 15 countries â have been notified about their RFI submission status.
[news release] Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, today announced partnerships with GlobalGiving and Network for Good to create new donation opportunities for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Upon registering for a validated .ngo and .ong domain, NGOs can create a profile page on OnGoodâan online community that gives NGOs a place to raise awareness, funds and support for their missionsâand display GlobalGiving and Network for Good Widgets that seamlessly link to partner services and easily facilitate donations.
âWorking with mission-aligned partners who foster the growth of the global NGO community is a cornerstone of the OnGood mission,â said Brian Cute, CEO, Public Interest Registry. âBy partnering with organizations like GlobalGiving and Network for Good, we strengthen our alliance of organizations dedicated to serving the public interest, while providing thousands of NGOs access to tools that enable them to collect funds and more effectively tell their stories to the nonprofit community.â
GlobalGiving and Network for Good join ammado as OnGood donation partners. With a combined total of more than 1.7 million NGOs currently using their platforms, ammado, GlobalGiving and Network for Good will help expand the capabilities of OnGood and empower NGOs through both donation facilitation and resource sharing. Each organizationâs Giving Widgets are compatible with international currencies, languages and payment tools, and NGOs can display Giving Widgets on their OnGood profiles with just a few simple steps at no additional cost.
âReceiving and managing donations lies at the heart of every nonprofitâs success, so it should be possible for donors to give to any charity, anywhere, anytime,â said Bill Strathmann, CEO of Network for Good. âWe are pleased to partner with Public Interest Registry to further help nonprofits maximize their impact by becoming better, smarter fundraisers.â
Additionally, validated NGOs that choose to leverage the GlobalGiving and Network for Good Giving Widgets will benefit from access to their extensive nonprofit and donor networks, as well as additional resources that help nonprofits better communicate their stories to audiences that share their mission.
âWe are excited about the opportunity to work with Public Interest Registry to give validated nonprofits easier access to the information, tools and donors they need to be effective and make our world a better place,â said John Hecklinger, Chief Program Officer, GlobalGiving. âThis partnership extends our reach, allowing us to more easily identify organizations that are poised to solve societal problems and help them increase their impact.â
For more information on Public Interest Registry and the validated .ngo and .ong domains, please visit our website.
About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit organization that operates the .org top-level domain â the worldâs third largest âgenericâ top-level domain with more than 10.5 million domain names registered worldwide â and the newly launched .ngo and .ong domains and OnGood community website. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registryâs mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society (internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.
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[news release] Nonprofit Tech for Good and Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, have announced findings of the inaugural â2016 Global NGO Online Technology Reportâ which uncovers how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are using digital tools to communicate with their supporters.
In addition to revealing how NGOsâ online communications, online fundraising, and social media usage vary by continent, the report includes insights collected from donors on their giving preferences to help NGOs to optimize their own fundraising strategies.
The report details the findings from a survey of 2,780 NGO representatives from 133 countries conducted in late 2015. While digital platforms and social media are popular with NGOs in Australia & Oceana, Europe and North America, the survey found that NGOs in markets with a growing Internet infrastructure â including Africa, Asia and South America â are not using these tools as frequently. Other findings include:
- 90 percent of NGO respondents maintain a website and 70 percent of respondents use a .org domain
- Three-fourths of NGO respondents stated that they regularly send email updates to donors and supporters
- 46 percent of respondents stated that they maintain their own blogs
- 78 percent of respondents agreed that social media is effective for online fundraising
- While nearly all NGO respondents maintain a presence on social media, only 11 percent of respondents assign a full-time or part-time social media manager and 15 percent of respondents rely solely on volunteers
âThere are myriad of digital tools available to NGOs around the world that can be used to engage the public. What we found in our research, however, is that economic and political factors and the quality of Internet infrastructure in each region affects how NGOs use these tools and how donors in each region respond to them,â said Nonprofit Tech for Good founder Heather Mansfield. âThis worldwide research report was a huge undertaking, but a necessary one as the NGO sector becomes more diverse and global in scope.â
The report also includes insights from 355 donors from 27 countries who were surveyed about their giving preferences. Despite generational differences, many donors are evolving their giving behavior as they become more adept and have more trust in online technology:
- 62 percent of respondents prefer giving through online channels while 23 percent prefer direct mail and six percent prefer mobile apps or text message
- While Millennials are most inspired to give by social media content (43 percent), email content was cited as being most inspirational to Gen Xers (26 percent) and Baby Boomers (30 percent)
âUntil now, there has been very little research on how effectively NGOs are using technology on a global scale,â said Public Interest Registry CEO Brian Cute. âAlongside Nonprofit Tech for Good, we at Public Interest Registry sought to address this gap and provide NGOs with the resources and insights they need to strengthen their online presence. Ultimately, while NGOs of all sizes are always looking for new ways to engage their followers and the public online, the 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report found that having a solid website is still one of the most crucial aspects in gaining trust from your donors.â
For more information on the surveyâs findings and to download the full report, visitÂ techreport.ngo.
About Nonprofit Tech for Good
With 100,000 monthly visitors and more than one million followers on social networks, Nonprofit Tech for Good is a leading social and mobile media resource for nonprofit professionals. Created and managed by Heather Mansfield, Nonprofit Tech for Good focuses on providing valuable, easy-to-understand information, news, and resources related to nonprofit technology, online communications, and mobile and social fundraising.
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