ICANN Issues Preliminary Selection of New .org Operator
On August 19, staff at ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) released a preliminary report naming the Internet Society (ISOC) as the new operator of the .org Internet domain. ICANN is the organization responsible for overseeing critical Internet functions such as naming and addressing. Over the past several months, ICANN solicited bids from eleven would-be operators of .org. The August 19 report kicks off a week-long opportunity for public comment (comments should be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org), and a final selection from the ICANN Board of Directors is expected in September, with the new operator to assume operation of .org January 1. .org is one of the Internet's most popular domains, with over 2 million registrations.