ICANN was ready to approve the .org transfer on April 16 but the California Attorney General ruined their party.
ICANN, ISOC, PIR and NoEthos Capital were very close to getting their corrupted plan completed but at the last minute California Attorney General slammed them so hard that they had to get an extension.
The ICANN Board had planned a special meeting were the main agenda was the “PIR Change of Control”. They were of course going to approve the .org transfer by ignoring any sense of logic including the 3000 comments that opposed the transfer at the public comment period and countless organizations around the globe opposing the transfer.
Their were hoping that the California Attorney General had forgotten about them or that he was too busy with the coronavirus pandemic but they were wrong. The coronavirus was the best thing that happened to ICANN as they approved the price increases in .com for Verisign and almost no one noticed and now they were ready to sell out the .org extension.
ICANN, ISOC, PIR and NoEthos Capital immediately agreed to an extension for ICANN to approve/disapprove the transfer until May 4 (from April 20) even though PIR had initially denied ICANN’s previous request for an extension but then reluctantly accepted the extension to April 20. This time they agreed in a few hours.
ICANN was so annoyed by California Attorney General’s letter that they issued an announcement expressing their annoyance at him intervening with their scheme to once again sell all registrants:
“On 14 November 2019, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was notified that the Internet Society planned to sell the Public Interest Registry (PIR) to Ethos Capital. Since that time, the ICANN organization and Board have worked together to thoughtfully and thoroughly evaluate the proposed acquisition to ensure that the .ORG registry, which represents more than 10.5 million domains, remains secure, reliable, and stable.
Since January, we have been providing information and fully cooperating with the California Attorney General’s review. We appreciate receiving the Attorney General’s letter and are carefully reviewing and considering it as part of our evaluation of the change of control and PIR’s entity conversion. Throughout this process, we have listened carefully to the community, and have demanded more safeguards and greater transparency from PIR.
The Attorney General’s letter does not take into account the recent work that PIR has done to make the entity more responsible to the community. ICANN requested that PIR strengthen the Public Interest Commitments to ensure meaningful enforceability; a draft of the revised PICs has been provided to the ICANN Board.
We have agreed to extend the review period to 4 May 2020, to permit additional time to complete our review.”
In short, ICANN said that they were very good at trying to produce as much bullshit with their friends at ISOC/PIR/NoEthos so as to cloud the waters and they think that the California Attorney General is ignorant because he didn’t take into account the BS PICs that NoEthos Capital created working with ICANN.
The truth is that ICANN had made its decision to accept the transfer before all this even went to the public comment period. All public comment periods are ignored. I don’t remember in the past few years even a single public comment overturning an ICANN proposal. They pretty much do what they propose and their don’t even change a word.
They had already agreed with their friends at ISOC/PIR/Ethos and former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade who is orchestrating this whole charade. They didn’t really cooperate with the California Attorney General as he says that many of his questions, including many crucial ones, remain unanswered. ICANN only provided some material that were already available publicly and blamed PIR/ISOC/Ethos for not providing the important information.
ICANN didn’t listened to the community at all ignoring 3,000 public comments and many letters from various organizations and people around the world.
NoEthos will never be responsible to the community. They can only be responsible to their creditors and their owners.
ICANN has brought all this to themselves. I expect a lawsuit that will include ICANN, all its board members and their manipulating staff to be unleashed if this conniving and corrupted change or ownership occurs.
ICANN has pretty much ignored everybody in the past few years and sold all registrant rights for nothing. (Well not exactly nothing…) This is their last chance to make one thing right before they cause their destruction. Let’s see what they choose and what their fate is going to be. Current ICANN board and previous CEO is already going to be remembered as the most corrupt people on the history of the internet. People that were selected to protect the registrants and did exactly the opposite.