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PIR Launches General Availability For Three New IDN gTLDs

Public Interest Registry logoThe Public Interest Registry today launches General Availability for its three new Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs). The three new domains translate to “organisation” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts – one in Devanagari (.संगठन), one in Cyrillic (.орг), and one in simplified Chinese (.机构).

By allowing organisations to brand their website addresses in localised scripts, the Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain – is providing opportunities for organisations 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 organisations maximize their audience reach on a global scale.

“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 organisations worldwide,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “Now more than ever, organisations will have the opportunity to heighten communication with native users of Devanagari, Cyrillic and Chinese scripts, all while advancing their missions and causes.”

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

In recent years, Public Interest Registry has emerged at the forefront of support for use of alternative scripts, having worked closely with standards-setting bodies and members of the engineering community to create and launch a number of alternative scripts for second-level names associated with .org. To date, the registrar supports 11 IDNs available for user adoption with .org in languages that include Danish, German, Hungarian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish, among others.

Public Interest Registry Announces Sunrise Period For New Internationalised Domain Names

Public Interest Registry logo[news release] Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain – today (22/4) launched the first registration phase, known as the Sunrise Period, for its three new Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Qualified domain trademark holders can now submit applications for each of these three new domains which translate to “organisation” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts – one in Devanagari (.संगठन), one in Cyrillic (.орг), and one in simplified Chinese (.机构). Registration will open to all interested parties beginning May 27.

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

“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 organisations worldwide,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “Now more than ever, organisations will have the opportunity to heighten communication with native users of Devanagari, Cyrillic and Chinese scripts, all while advancing their missions and causes.”

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

In recent years, Public Interest Registry has emerged at the forefront of support for use of alternative scripts, having worked closely with standards-setting bodies and members of the engineering community to create and launch a number of alternative scripts for second-level names associated with .org. To date, the registrar supports 11 IDNs available for user adoption with .org in languages that include Danish, German, Hungarian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish, among others.

For more information about Public Interest Registry or for the full list of registrars offering the new IDNs, please visit www.pir.org.

About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s 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 (www.internetsociety.org ) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

Nominet Announces Joint Hosting Of Commonwealth DNS Forum

Nominet logoNominet has announced they will jointly host the first ever Commonwealth DNS forum in London on 19 – 20 June 2014.

The event will be held with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, ICANN and the Public Interest Registry.

The Commonwealth DNS Forum 2014 is designed to help representatives from across the Commonwealth to examine the economics, governance, and social impact of the domain name system as well as the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in developing public policy.

The event will be opened by Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma and will be attended by more than 150 participants from across the Commonwealth.

PIR Announces Network To End Domestic Violence Winner Of Website Makeover Contest

Public Interest Registry logoThe Public Interest Registry, the registry operator for .org, has announced a winner for their .ORG Website Makeover Contest. The winner is the National Network to End Domestic Violence. The organisation received more than 9,400 votes and will now work with OmniStudio to create a brand new website.

More details can be found in our press release below:

National Network to End Domestic Violence Voted Winner of the .ORG Website Makeover Contest
Anti-Violence Advocacy Group Garners More than 9,400 Votes to Win a Newly Redesigned Website from Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio

Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today (12 February) announced the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) as the winner of the inaugural .ORG Website Makeover Contest. NNEDV received more than 9,400 votes from organisation supporters during an open public voting period. NNEDV will now work alongside OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specialising in web design and consulting for non-profit and advocacy groups, to create a new website that will help elevate its online presence, grow audience reach and increase awareness of its mission and efforts to prevent and end domestic violence.

Public Interest Registry launched the .ORG Website Makeover Contest as part of an ongoing effort to empower non-profit organisations and groups to effectively advance their causes online. The contest was launched in conjunction with Public Interest Registry’s own rebranding and newly launched website, which helped represent the organisation as the trustworthy, purposeful, spirited and collaborative operator of .ORG and the soon-to-be-launched .NGO | .ONG domains.

“It has been a heartening experience to watch thousands of community members join together in support of the finalists and ultimately help the National Network to End Domestic Violence emerge as our first contest winner,” said Nancy Gofus, COO of Public Interest Registry. “We agree with the voting public that NNEDV’s passion and dedication exemplifies the values that we, at Public Interest Registry, have long associated with .ORG. A refreshed website not only provides the organisation with an opportunity to further engage its community but also continue to inspire and lead its supporters in a new, invigorated way.”

Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence: “For nearly 20 years, NNEDV has worked to amplify survivors’ voices and build the path to ending domestic violence. Our website has served as a primary medium for survivors, allies and policymakers to learn about domestic violence, get help for themselves and others, and take action. We are honoured by this tremendous opportunity from Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio to improve accessibility to our website, which will help us shed light on the scourge of domestic violence and on NNEDV’s many resources and programs that are working to create an environment where violence against women no longer exists.”

The .ORG Website Makeover Contest began with an open nomination period in late 2013, during which Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio called for non-profits, community groups and corporate foundations across the nation to share how a redesigned website would help their organisation and bolster greater communication of their ideas, missions and causes. A panel of judges then selected 10 finalists to advance to a public voting round.

For more information about Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio, please visit: pir.org and omnistudio.com. Visit nnedv.org to learn more about the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a non-profit corporation that operates the .ORG top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to empower the global non-commercial 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.

About OmniStudio
Located in Washington DC, OmniStudio has been instrumental in the communications activities of local, national and international institutions. Omni shares the goals and passions of our clients, especially in the areas of education, health care, the environment, and human rights. OmniStudio provides strategy, content, design, and development for online and print media including websites, newsletters, advertising, annual reports, social media, and conference promotion.

About the National Network to End Domestic Violence
NNEDV, a non-profit tax-deductible organisation, is a leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates. NNEDV members include the 56 state-wide and territorial coalitions against domestic violence and many individuals who support that mission. NNEDV has been a premier national organisation advancing the movement against domestic violence for nearly 20 years, having led efforts among domestic violence victim advocates and survivors to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visitnnedv.org, or find us on Facebook (facebook.com/nnedv) or Twitter (@nnedv).

Non-Profits And Community Groups Win A Website With .ORG

Non-profits and community groups have the opportunity to win a fully designed website valued at approximately $35,000 in a promotion that the .org registry, Public Interest Registry, is hosting.Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit operator of the .ORG domain, is hosting the contest as a way to celebrate its own rebranding and website redesign, and to give a deserving .ORG a better online platform to advance its cause, increase its audience reach and improve its ability to act in the public interest. The preliminary round of the contest, which launched today, will run through November 8. Interested parties can self-nominate online here. Ten finalists will advance to a two-week open voting period that will begin on November 25 where the public will select the grand prize winner.More details about the contest are in the news release below.Public Interest Registry Announces .ORG Website Makeover Contest
.ORG’s Non-profit Operator Launches Contest in Collaboration with OmniStudio to Help Organisations Advance Their Missions OnlinePublic Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today (14 October) announced the launch of its .ORG Website Makeover Contest as part of an ongoing effort to empower non-profit organisations and groups to effectively advance their causes online. Today through November 8, Public Interest Registry is accepting nominations from leaders and representatives of organisations and non-profits for a chance to win a newly designed .ORG website from OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specialised in web design and consulting for non-profit and advocacy groups.The .ORG Website Makeover Contest directly correlates to Public Interest Registry’s enduring mission to promote the effective use of the Internet as a means to increase the awareness and impact of social good causes. The contest also comes on the heels of Public Interest Registry’s own organisational rebranding and newly launched website, which aims to exemplify the organisation’s brand identity as the trustworthy, purposeful, spirited and collaborative operator of .ORG – the world’s third largest top-level domain – and the soon-to-be-launched .NGO and .ONG domains.”Like the individuals and organisations we support every day, we know how critical it is to have a strong brand identity and online marketing presence in order for a cause to be successful,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “As we look to realign the Public Interest Registry brand with our ongoing commitment to serve in the public interest, it seemed natural to extend the same opportunity to our fellow non-profit colleagues.”Authorised representatives of any organisation – from non-profits 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 favourite organisation.The winning organisation 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 non-profits revitalise their visual branding to better attract donations, volunteer participation and media attention.”It’s remarkable to see how much of a difference an organisation can make in our community when they use the right platform, presentation, and tools,” said Eileen Kessler, founder and CEO of OmniStudio. “The .ORG Website Makeover Contest will give a deserving organisation 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 organisations that are committed to the greater good.”To enter, interested organisational representatives are encouraged to submit a nomination form online and official contest rules please visit www.pir.org/org-website-makeover-contest.For more information about Public Interest Registry and OmniStudio’s services, please visit: www.pir.org and www.omnistudio.com.About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a non-profit corporation that operates the .ORG top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to empower the global non-commercial 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 (www.internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.About OmniStudio
Located in Washington DC, OmniStudio has been instrumental in the communications activities of local, national and international institutions. Omni shares the goals and passions of our clients, especially in the areas of education, health care, the environment, and human rights. OmniStudio provides strategy, content, design, and development for online and print media including websites, newsletters, advertising, annual reports, social media, and conference promotion.

.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.org/pdf/dashboard_1H_2013.pdf

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:
pir.org/news/press/eoi

.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:
pir.org/pr/2012/project94

.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.