[registration-issues-wg] [CPWG] Town hall mtg re: PIR with some info from ICANN board

Marita Moll mmoll at ca.inter.net
Thu Nov 28 17:57:45 UTC 2019

Here is a report from the town hall at IGF re: the PIR sale. It contains 
important info from Becky Burr and Chris Disspain about what ICANN can 
and cannot do in this case:



... Though reluctant to step forward and talk initially (“We are just 
here to listen”), ICANN board members Becky Burr and Chris Disspain 
quickly came to their senses and explained the process they go through 
when ownership of a registry changes.  They acknowledged that section 
7.5 of theORG Registry Agreement 
them a role in the transfer of control and that the process associated 
with that is already happening. They can ask questions of ISOC trustees 
and PIR about the sale and exchange information. There is no fixed 
30-day limit on these exchanges, rather a rolling 30 day limit on each 
round of questions and responses. Board members acknowledged ICANN’s 
ability to attach conditions to the recognition of Ethos Capital as the 
new operator of .ORG. Board member Leon Sanchez was also in attendance.

The ICANN board members sat through the entire meeting and paid 
attention, so it should be clear to them that they can enhance ICANN’s 
legitimacy and reputation by taking the right steps in this controversy. 
They also indicated that concerned members of the community are welcome 
to send their opinions to the CEO and Board. We would caution anyone who 
does this to keep in mind the precise nature of ICANN’s role in this 
process, otherwise the advice will not be useful.


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