Nonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costs

first_imgHomeBusinessNonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costs Jan. 25, 2020 at 5:00 amBusinessNewsNon ProfitsNonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costsAssociated Press1 year agoIcanninternetorg ANICK JESDANUN and BRIAN MELLEYAssociated PressThe company that controls the dot-org online universe is putting the registry of domain names up for sale, and the nonprofits that often use the suffix in their websites are raising concerns about the move.About 15 people protested Friday outside the Los Angeles headquarters of the regulatory body for domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is meeting this weekend and is expected to rule by mid-February on plans by private-equity firm Ethos Capital to buy the Public Interest Registry for $1.1 billion.The protesters carried signs saying “Save Dot Org” and chanted “ICANN, you can, stop the sale.”They planned to give 34,000 signatures objecting to the sale to a board member. Around 700 organizations such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, YMCA, YWCA and Girl Scouts of America also oppose the sale, protesters said.Opponents are concerned the cost of registering a dot-org website will skyrocket, and they worry about the potential loss of freedoms of speech and expression if the registry is in the wrong hands.“It’s easy to put two and two together and see the concern that economic or other pressures could push this new for-profit PIR to make decisions that are detrimental to nonprofits,” said Elliot Harmon, activism director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.Ethos Capital and the Internet Society, which runs the registry now, said those concerns are misplaced and the sale is being misunderstood.The two groups said in a statement that prices will remain low, the registry’s managers will stay in place and the infusion of capital will ensure the long-term growth of dot-org.They also rejected assertions that online content would be spied on and censored.“This notion is baseless and, frankly, a demonstration of the type of speculation that has taken the discussion surrounding the future of .ORG irresponsibly out of context,” the statement said. “Ethos and PIR take freedom of expression very seriously, and the registry’s commitment to free speech will continue unabated.”Domain names such as apnews.com have historically been used by computers to find websites and send email, and their value grew as companies and groups adopted them for branding. The Associated Press, a nonprofit, also uses a dot-org domain, ap.org.Speculators have registered a variety of names under popular domain suffixes such as dot-com and dot-org, and an easy-to-remember name can fetch millions of dollars in the resell market. Owners of popular suffixes can collect hundreds of millions of dollars a year in registration fees.Though domain names are less prominent these days as more people reach websites using search engines and apps, they are still important for email addresses, billboards and other non-digital advertising.The dot-org suffix has the distinction of being one of the original domains created in the mid-1980s.Since 2003, dot-org has been managed by the Public Interest Registry at the Internet Society, a nonprofit founded by many of the internet’s early engineers and scientists. In that role, the registry collects annual fees of about $10 from each of the more than 10 million dot-org names registered worldwide.The Internet Society uses some of that money to finance its advocacy and administrative programs, which include creating technical standards for the internet.It said proceeds from the sale will fund an endowment to provide more diversified and sustainable resources long term. The group described Ethos Capital as “a mission-driven firm” committed to continuing the registry’s operations.The investment firm’s executives include a former senior vice president at the regulatory body for ICANN.Although dot-org is often associated with nonprofit organizations, it can by registered by anyone, including for-profit corporations and individuals. That won’t change with a new, for-profit owner.But critics worry that a for-profit owner will be more likely than a nonprofit to raise registration fees. The sale announcement said nothing about prices, and a subsequent blog post mentions only that Ethos has committed to limiting increases to 10% a year — the same cap that had been in place until ICANN lifted it in June 2019.Critics also fear a new owner could change policies and reduce protections for domain name owners, including non-governmental organizations that operate in authoritarian countries. A website can suddenly become unreachable, for instance, if the suffix owner decides to suspend a registration.Several advocacy groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge, wrote a letter to the Internet Society insisting that dot-org “be managed by a leader that puts the needs of NGOs over profits.”The suffix has been in for-profit hands before. Before the Public Interest Registry, Verisign Inc. and its predecessor, Network Solutions, managed dot-org, along with dot-com and dot-net.Jesdanun reported from New York.Tags :Icanninternetorgshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLaughing Matters – Honest Abe or Lyin’ King?SMC’S performance Chosen for 2020 Regional Kennedy Center/American College Theater FestivalYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

COVID-19 KILLS IN MANY WAYS: 50 Iloilo suicide cases since January – IPPO

first_imgIn his Executive Order No. 183, Defensor bared the “Plan for Rehabilitation and Transformation of the Province of Iloilo to Catalyze Recovery” under the modified general community quarantine status of the province. Earlier, the DOH-6 acknowledged that physical distancing, self-isolation, working from home and loss of social contacts during the community quarantine could sink some people into loneliness and depression, and even suicide. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to contain it, represent a unique threat – a contagion nearly as psychological as it is physical, according to Lindero. Forty LGUs in the province reported suicide incidents, with Cabatuan, Estancia and Passi City topping the list with four followed by Calinog, Anilao, Dumangas, Igbaras, Miag-ao , Oton, San Dionisio, and Sara with two suicide cases each. c. assessment of needs and concerns; * The program shall have the following target beneficiaries:   * The Province shall implement a psychosocial response known as “Project PRIME” (Program for the Resilience of Iloilo in Mind and Emotion), which aims to restore the social functioning, and improve the coping and resilience of persons who have traumatic experiences, difficulty in handling changes, and those who are exposed to various risks.  * The program shall be implemented by Task Force PAG-ASA created under Executive Order No. 159, Series of 2020, entitled “Executive Order Approving the Creation of Task Force PAG-ASA (Provincial Agencies in Action to Prevent Suicide Among People of All Ages) for the Implementation of Project PRIME.” Last year by the month of November there were already over 70 suicide cases. What drove these people to kill themselves? The most common reasons were likely depression and problems in the family and love life, explained Lindero, citing the statements of the victims’ families. No less than Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. also recognized the need to institute responsive strategies and mechanisms that will enable the community and service providers to cope with psychosocial issues brought about by the pandemic. a. Persons, especially minors and learners, who are experiencing psychosocial difficulties, focusing on the effects of the community quarantine experience; The towns of Badiangan, Balasan, Banate, Barotac Viejo, Batad, Bingawan, Concepcion, Guimbal, Lemery, Leon, Maasin, San Enrique, San Rafael, Sta. Barbara, Tigbauan, and Tubungan each recorded one suicide incident. “This pandemic may be an added circumstance that further burdened some individuals and making them easily get depressed,” he theorized.  Various government agencies, Lindero said, must recognize the pandemic that will quickly follow it – that of mental and behavioral illness – and implement the steps needed to mitigate it. One of the three major components of Defensor’s Plan RT-PCR is a psychosocial program. It enforces the following measures: b. Monitoring tool for the stakeholders who shall be trained in administering psychosocial support. From January to Aug. 12 this year, the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) recorded 50 suicide incidents. The IPPO is not the only one hoping there won’t be more suicide cases in the province. e. connection to information; and * The Province shall implement a program to promote and protect the psychosocial welfare of the people. It shall address the collective anxiety and emotional stress they experienced after five months of community quarantine. ILOILO – While local government units (LGUs) expend vital resources to curtail the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a shadow pandemic is bringing its own devastation, challenging authorities to come up with solutions to address another wave of health crisis. In Iloilo province, deaths caused by suicide are higher compared to COVID-related fatalities. In 2019 the IPPO recorded 78 suicide cases. Most of the victims were between 10 to 19 years old. In 2018, it recorded 65 cases. f. protection from further harm. b. OFWs and LSIs, focusing on their quarantine experience; and “Ginapadayon sang IPPO ang coordination with other agencies concerned para magatukod sang PAG-ULIKID DESK agud magtutok sa mga pwede obrahon nga mag-prevent sang padayon nga pagsaka sang suicide incidents sa probinsya,” Lindero added. “We’re only on the second quarter of 2020 but we already have 50 cases,” Lindero said. On the other hand, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed Iloilo province with 11 deaths from 646 COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 18. * The program shall conduct psycho-social processing-method of facilitating ventilation of emotions related to traumatic experiences, generating emotional and social issues through a helping process. c. Frontline workers who have been exposed to stressful demands of work, family, or community.  * The program shall provide psychosocial support –a range of care and support that address both psychological and social needs of individuals, families and communities, administered in a holistic and integrated development approach.  * The program shall administer Psychological First Aid-Humane, supportive, practical and immediate assistance to individuals suffering from exposure to serious stressors, which include the following:  a. intrusive and practical care; The figures are alarming, according to IPPO spokesperson Master Sergeant Francis Lindero. b. comfort and support;  * The program shall conduct monitoring of interventions, through the following monitoring tools:  a. Monitoring tool for the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) staff; and  d. helping to address basic needs; * The program shall have an evaluation towards the end of the calendar year. An evaluation tool shall be designed by the PSWDO Planning Division. Evaluation results shall serve as reference for the PSWDO in reviewing guidelines and project components for further development./PNlast_img read more