No Ethos Capital tries to strengthen the PIC and .ORG Stewardship Council

No Ethos Capital announces additional steps trying to strengthen the Public Interest Commitment (PIC) and .ORG Stewardship Council.

All these additional steps is just a smokescreen trying to persuade some people that don’t yet know how corrupt No Ethos, ISOC, PIR and ICANN are.

My feeling is that there is some behind the scenes negotiation going on between No Ethos, ISOC, PIR and ICANN.

I hope the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra subpoenas all the phone records and all emails sent from all parties involved and their consultants. (including personal phones and emails)

Specifically No Ethos Capital announced:

  • Ethos will add a provision to the Public Interest Commitment (PIC) confirming that if ICANN and PIR discuss a future change to the PIC, it will be subject to ICANN’s applicable public comment process in order to be effectuated.

  • The PIR Board will not appoint the first five members of the .ORG Stewardship Council. To ensure independence, Ethos will engage an internationally-recognized executive search firm to oversee and manage a process for identifying candidates to be the inaugural members.

  • The search firm will solicit applications from a variety of .ORG Stakeholders, including ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) and provide its proposed nominations to a Selection Committee established by the PIR Board.

  • The search firm and nomination criteria process will be announced on March 23, 2020.

  • The Stewardship Council Charter will be updated to reflect that the Council will take into account in performing its duties the Statement of Public Benefit for PIR, once it is rooted in a Public Benefit LLC Framework.

Some points from the No Ethos Capital PIC Announcement on 2.21.20:

  • Ethos announces legally-binding public interest commitments that enforce price limits on .ORG and codify strong safeguards against censorship of free expression and use of personal data.

  • Ethos releases .ORG Stewardship Council Charter and announces $10 million community enablement fund to support .ORG Community.

  • PIR grants ICANN deadline extension to March 20 and looks forward to working collaboratively with ICANN to address any potential outstanding questions.

  • Principals from PIR, Ethos and Internet Society will host a community discussion on Thursday, Feb 27 at 15:00 EST / 20:00 UTC to provide details about Ethos’ commitments.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the blog in 2012.


  1. “PIR grants ICANN deadline extension to March 20 and looks forward to working collaboratively with ICANN to address any potential outstanding questions.”

    So PIR is telling the ICANN when it needs to wrap up its review?

    Isn’t that really the whole problem in the industry? Powerful registries telling the industry governing body what it can and can’t do.

    ICANN should be setting the timeline for the review and should be dictating the terms, not the other way around.

    • Konstantinos Zournas

      Yes, they do. Icann had initially asked for an April 20 deadline that PIR ISOC and NO ETHOS refused.

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