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Who Owns the Network?struggle around the Domain extension .org

The non-profit domain extension .org is to be sold to a private investor. Many fear the end of the Internet, which is oriented towards the common good.

Leo.org, wikipedia. org, un.org - almost all nonprofit websites end in .org. Until now, the domain extension was in the hands of the non-profit organization Internet Society. This, however, wants to sell .org in order to save the administrative effort and have money for new projects. The private investor Ehtos Capital planned to buy control of the ending for one million dollars. That calls prominent activists on the scene. You want to save .org.

Domain extension could make a lot of money

Since .org is mainly used by non-profit organizations such as the United Nations or Wikipedia, the fees were previously 10 to 20 dollars per year. In addition, an increase of a maximum of 10 percent was allowed. This rule has now been lifted. Around 10.5 million pages currently use the .org extension. A private investor could earn a lot of money with the ending, explains Deutschlandfunknova reporter Timo Nicolas.

Small clubs hit the most

This affects the small clubs and NGOs most that cannot afford steep price increases, explains Markus Beckedahl. He is the founder of Netzpolitik.org and would be directly affected by the sale of the domain.

Much criticism of the planned sale

The criticism for the planned sale was not long in coming. World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee also protested against it. Several famous activists have formed a cooperative to stop the sale and even manage .org themselves in the future. For Markus Beckedahl that would be the better solution.

"I think that's a better alternative than letting a dubious hedge fund manage this domain structure."
Markus Beckedahl, founder of Netzpolitik.org

To do this, however, the cooperative must first convince Icann, the control body for top-level domains worldwide, to stop the sale via the control of .org. As the "Internet residents' registration office", it has the last word, explains Deutschlandfunk-Nova reporter Timo Nicolas.

The struggle for the non-profit internet

But the discussion is about more than money. Our reporter Timo Nicolas describes .org as "one of the last non-commercial spots on the Internet." So it is also about preserving the originally charitable idea of ​​the Internet.

"It's about whether we still want to have part of the Internet managed for the common good or whether we want to subject everything to capitalist exploitation structures."
Markus Beckedahl, founder of Netzpolitik.org

The debate over whether .org should be sold is symbolic of the battle between the old non-profit network and the modern network, in which companies set the tone, explains Timo Nicolas. Whether the cooperative will be really successful is now up to Icann.