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.ORG Registrations Increase By 13.6% In First Half 2013

PIR .ORG logoNew .ORG registrations increased by 13.6 percent in the first half of 2013, the latest “The Dashboard” from the .org registry reports.

The twice yearly report covers the period January to June 2013 and shows .org reached 10.3 million domains under management, a net gain of 206,170 new DUM for the first half of 2013 and an increase of 86.8 percent since 2007.

The increase in registrations was pushed by strong growth in key international markets, specifically in India, who jumped into the top ten market for .org registrations for the first time. But over half (58%) of all domain names are registered in the United States (5.961m) while Germany is second with five percent (503,160) registrations.

Overall, .com remains the world’s largest TLD with over 110 million domains under management, followed by .tk (Tokelau – but whose numbers are hard to come by), .de (Germany – 15.5m), .net (15.1m), .uk (United Kingdom – 10.5m), .org, .cn (China – 7.8m), .info (6.2m), .nl (Netheralnds – 5.3m) and rounding out the ten largest TLDs, .ru (Russia – 4.8m).

The registry has also been successful with their push into new gTLDS, passing ICANN’s initial evaluation for management of six of them including .NGO, .ONG and four internationalised 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 TLDs. 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 TLD in the past four years with domains under management jumping from just 91,000 to nearly 150,000, a 60 percent increase. While other markets also showed steady growth for .org, there were a few notable misconceptions about the top-level domain as well as a lack of familiarity in select markets. For example, in Brazil, 66 percent of respondents are incorrectly under the assumption that there is certain criterion that must be met in order to purchase a .org domain.

“While we find the steady growth of .ORG in international markets promising, it’s clear that more education needs to be done for both the .ORG and .NGO/.ONG domains,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “This research has been highly beneficial in guiding Public Interest Registry in certain markets. It has enabled us to better see where we need to focus our time and efforts over the next few years to grow .ORG and launch the new .NGO/.ONG domains.”

The full report is available to download from:

PIR Opens Pre-Registrations For .NGO and .ONG New TLDs

PIR .ORG logo[news release] Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain – today announced that it is accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from organizations that wish to obtain a domain ending in .NGO or .ONG. Interested parties who submit an EOI online will receive alerts and updates on the status and registration process of .NGO/.ONG domains when they become available in 2014.

There is no fee to submit an EOI to Public Interest Registry as it is non-binding. More benefits of submitting an EOI include:

  • Email updates on developing information regarding all launch processes by the authoritative operator of the .NGO/.ONG domain extension.
  • An alert service containing relevant and important data pertaining to the registration process of .NGO/.ONG, such as how to register for the Trademark Clearinghouse and requirements for participation in early registration.
  • Exclusive news on any offers from authorized companies handling the registration of .NGO/.ONG at launch time.

Public Interest Registry’s application to be the operator of the .NGO and .ONG domains with ICANN is currently under evaluation as part of ICANN’s program for new top level domains (TLDs). ICANN will set forth rules and guidelines, as well as a launch sequence, which dictates who (such as trademark owners, early adopters, and the general public) can register a domain name during a predefined launch phase. In the interim, Public Interest Registry’s open call for EOIs is intended to serve as an informational resource for interested parties and is the first of many steps that the registry is taking to prepare for the domains’ upcoming launch.

As the current and long-standing operator of the .ORG domain – which is home to more than 10 million registrations worldwide, Public Interest Registry is committed to serving the interests of the non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) community by providing an exclusive domain extension for NGOs looking for immediate recognition online and broader opportunities for public engagement, funding and partnerships. “For more than a decade, we’ve worked to ensure that the global non-profit and NGO community feels their online needs are being supported and that users feel they are connecting with organizations they can trust,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, “At the same time, it’s humbling to know that we also have the support of members from this community who will continue looking to us when the new top-level domain names become available.”

One such supporter is the DKRS Group, a New Dehli-based NGO that aims to improve the social, economic and education levels of various under-served communities across India. The organization was the first to submit an EOI to Public Interest Registry. According to DKRS Group spokesman Rahul Malik, “The .NGO domain will help us instill faith in our organization amongst the online community because people will know that we’ve been verified by a credible organization.”

For more information on Public Interest Registry’s pursuit of .NGO and .ONG or to submit an Expression of Interest, please visit: www.ngotld.org.

This PIR news release was sourced from:

.ORG Releases 94 Never-Registered One- and Two-Character Domains

Public Interest Registry .ORG logo[news release] Much like real estate, Internet “curb appeal” – otherwise known as an Internet address – can help optimize a company or organization’s online branding or outreach efforts. Today, Public Interest Registry (PIR) – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, one of the original generic top-level domains with over 10 million registrations – will release 94 previously unregistered one- to two-character .ORG addresses – the shortest and perhaps most memorable domain names available. Through a partnership with Go Daddy and eNom, the addresses will be made available through an allocation process to companies and organizations who respect the inherent trust and value of the .ORG brand.


Referred to as “Project94,” the list of available names includes the likes of A.ORG, O.ORG, 7.ORG, and PJ.ORG. When PIR first took over operation of the .ORG domain in 2003, these names were reserved for future allocation and deemed unavailable for immediate registration. Now, PIR is releasing these addresses in response to community interest. With some web addresses surpassing 20 characters, the one- and two-letter domain names carry vast branding and marketing potential due to their brevity and memorability. They also carry the inherent trust and reliability for which the .ORG domain is known.

“Due to the Internet’s unquestionable popularity and expansion over the past 25 years, it’s rare to have the opportunity to register brief domain names that consist of one to two letters only. From our perspective, this list boasts great potential for interested and qualified registrants who are looking to boost and protect their online brand,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “However, with great opportunity comes great responsibility, and we want to ensure that we are rolling out these names in a manner that upholds the standards that have become intrinsic to the .ORG domain. Both GoDaddy and eNom understand .ORG’s core mission, and we are confident that they will serve as valued partners in this process.”

The proceeds from Project94 will be directed to programs that enhance the open development and security of the Internet, particularly in technologically underserved parts of the world.  One specific program is expected to be an initiative to drive the adoption of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) among the broader Internet user community.

Overall, an interested registrant will need to demonstrate its commitment to the .ORG brand values, have a distinct plan for how it proposes to use the new domain, and have the resources to execute its proposed plans. Go Daddy and eNom will jointly facilitate all aspects of the allocation process – from handling the outreach to prospective buyers and managing auctions and handling trademark issues.

“Domain names are, indeed, like ‘21st century real estate,’ more than just an address on the Web, they are an online identity,” said Go Daddy Director of Domain Name Aftermarkets Paul Nicks. “As part of this historic opportunity we look forward to assisting our customers with integrating these very valuable names into their organization’s culture.”

“As a long-time partner of The Public Interest Registry, we are very pleased to be able to help make these .ORG domains available for the first time to consumers,” said Taryn Naidu, EVP, eNom/Demand Media. “These additions both reflect and reinforce the value of the .ORG brand, and will be a truly memorable event in the domain name space.”

The “Project94” allocation officially kicks-off today. For more information on PIR’s “Project94,” go to www.project94.org or www.pir.org.

This PIR news release was sourced from:

.ORG Registrations Rise 10% in 2011 To Nearing 10 Million

.ORG registrations grew by 9.9 per cent in 2011, reaching 9.6 million total domains under management by the end of 2011 — a net gain of 411,002 for the second half of the year.

The information was provided in the bi-annual domain name report published by the Public Interest Registry, “The Dashboard.”

According to the most recent “The Dashboard”:

  • the renewal rate of existing .ORG websites for the second half of 2011 was 75.4 percent
  • .ORG has maintained consistent growth between nine and 10 per cent annually for the past three years
  • ORG domains under management rose from 3.9 million in 2005 to 9.6 million in 2011 — an increase of 146 percent in seven years
  • North America and Europe continue to represent the regions with the most .ORG registrations, with Australia, China and Japan also making the top 10 country list for the second half of 2011.

As of end December, .ORG was the third largest generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), trailing .COM and .NET with around 98.9 million and 14.3 million domains under management respectively. Overall it was the fifth largest TLD, also trailing the country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) of Germany (.DE) with 14.7 million registrations and the United Kingdom (.UK) with 14.7 million and 9.8 million domains under management respectively.

.ORG has kept quite a distinctive profile unlike other TLDs given its community background. Of all registrations, clubs and groups make up 16 per cent of all registrations. The categorisation is done through indexing by leading search engines using keywords for specific subject categories.

Also ranking highly are the categories of charities, schools and environmental groups, each making up 15 per cent of all registrations while “wikis and open source” make up 13 per cent of all registrations.

Registrations are also predominately from the United States, with 59 per cent of all registrations coming from the US. The next largest country of origin for registrants is Germany with five per cent of registrations while next are the United Kingdom and Canada (4% each) followed by France and Austria with three per cent each.

“With Internet usage continuing to surge worldwide, and individuals and organizations alike placing even greater importance on doing good and promoting their passions online, it’s no surprise that .ORG continued to see consistent and substantial growth during the second half of 2011,” said Brian Cute, CEO of The Public Interest Registry. “We look forward to maintaining this consistent growth, as well as expanding globally in 2012.”

Also highlighted in “The Dashboard” for the second half of 2011 is PIR’s announcement of its intention to pursue the new domain extension, .NGO. This initiative is a major opportunity for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), a community that depends on those three letters to set itself apart from commercial or governmental bodies. PIR believes that NGOs worldwide would benefit from .NGO as an exclusive signature online where they can effectively differentiate themselves and advance their missions. As part of this initiative, PIR intends to make the latest online innovations accessible to NGOs in both developed and developing countries.

In addition, “The Dashboard” underlines PIR’s continued commitment to pioneer and advocate for advanced security standards for the Internet and for finding collaborative solutions to such hot-button issues as copyright infringement and online piracy while still promoting an open, global and unfettered Internet.

For more information on “The Dashboard” or to download a copy, please visit pir.org/news/dashboard.

America Registry logoTo register your .ORG domain name, check out America Registry here.

PIR To Apply For .NGO TLD

Public Interest Registry .ORG logoPublic Interest Registry have announced they will be applying for the .NGO top level domain when ICANN begins taking applications next year, and if successful, will operate the new TLD in conjunction with the existing .ORG TLD they manage.

PIR describes .NGO as an exclusive domain address for self-identified non-government organisations worldwide that are looking for a unique online signature to be immediately recognised and to broaden opportunities for public participation, funding and contributions. The closed domain will serve as a complementary venue to .ORG, enabling millions of NGOs worldwide to broaden their audiences and make an even stronger societal impact in any way they can.

PIR say they are applying for the new TLD as they believe they are in the best situation to operate such a registry, as they are a not-for-profit registry that shares the values of NGOs.

Since their establishment in 2002, PIR has been serving the public interest and not-for-profit organisations, including those in the underserved markets. They claim to understand the needs and wants of the NGO community and have a longstanding track record of running a stable, trusted registry that empowers non-profit organizations to build a community around a shared interest, value or passion. The pursuit of .NGO is, they say, a natural next step in our steadfast commitment to serving in the public’s interest.

However there is a proposal for a .NGO TLD (see dotNGO.net) with similar goals. Although the likelihood they will have the financial muscle to compete with PIR is doubtful. DotNGO is an initiative started by Dr Victoria Harris who is the founder of international NGO Article 25, a UK registered charity that designs, builds, and manages projects to provide better shelter wherever there is disaster, poverty, or need.

9 Million.ORG Domain Registrations

dot org logoThere are now more than 9 million .ORG domain names the Public Interest Registry (PIR) announced on 2 March following a growth of 10.3 per cent in 2010.

.ORG is now the third largest generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) and equal fourth largest TLD overall behind .COM (approximately 93 million registrations), .DE (Germany 14.23m) and .NET (approximately 12m) while .UK (United Kingdom) has around the same number with 9.19 million registrations. There are over 205 million domain names registered globally across all TLDs VeriSign announced this week.

.ORG has significantly increased its domains under management (DUM) in the last five years; up from just 3.9 million in 2005 according to the organisation’s recently published bi-annual “Dashboard” report.

“Hitting the 9 million registration mark is a testament to both .ORG’s reputation and its impact within the Internet community,” said Brian Cute, CEO of .ORG, The Public Interest Registry. “.ORG remains a community-driven platform and has become the domain of choice for organizations, individuals, and companies to channel their passion toward a shared purpose with their community.”

America Registry logoTo register your .ORG domain name, check out America Registry here.

Brian Cute New CEO Of .ORG Registry

dot org logoThe registry for .ORG, the Public Interest Registry (PIR), announced on 14 January that Brian Cute is their new CEO following Alexa Raad’s resignation late last year. .ORG is the third largest gTLD after .COM and .NET.

For more information, see the PIR news release below:

.ORG, The Public Interest Registry Names Brian Cute as Chief Executive Officer
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry (PIR) – manager of the world’s third largest generic top-level domain  – today appointed Mr. Brian Cute as chief executive officer.  With more than 12 years of experience in the Internet and communications industry, Mr. Cute will assume his leadership position on February 1, 2011.

Prior to joining PIR, Mr. Cute served as vice president of discovery services for Afilias, the world’s leading provider of Internet infrastructure solutions that connect people to their data and registry systems provider to PIR for the .ORG domain.  His experience within the domain name system (DNS) runs deep, having had management positions in both a leading domain name registrar, Network Solutions, as director of policy, and a leading registry, Verisign, as vice president of government relations until 2003. He has led initiatives on wait-list service, private domain registrations, the elimination of Bulk WHOIS, and numerous other ICANN policy matters and has a keen interest in the development of the Internet of Things.

“PIR’s core mission is to serve the public interest and provide a safer, more secure Internet. Those primary values echo throughout Brian’s work and general approach,” said Maarten Botterman, chairman of the board and interim chief executive officer. “As Chairman of the Accountability and Transparency Review Team at ICANN, Brian has constructively advanced the ongoing debate of getting the Internet industry to function more explicitly and effectively. We at PIR are pleased to have him on board, and we look confidently towards a future in which PIR will continue to step up in the public interest.”

Mr. Cute added: “I have long admired the work being accomplished by PIR and am eager to work alongside its team to promote and achieve a safer Internet as well as advance .ORG’s position as a leading domain among registries, for registrars and as a trusted resource for Internet users.  I welcome the opportunity to build on PIR’s impressive and successful track record.”

A lawyer by trade, Mr. Cute began his career representing the competitive telecommunications service providers. He subsequently served as senior counsel at Teleglobe Communications, advising country managers on the expansion of Teleglobe’s submarine cable, satellite and terrestrial network in Europe and Asia.

America Registry logoTo register your .ORG domain name, check out America Registry here.