[governance] .ORG sale - ISOC 'secret peace treaty'

Ayden FĂ©rdeline ayden at ferdeline.com
Wed Feb 19 17:42:23 EST 2020

Dear all,

Regarding the sale of .ORG, in The Register today it was reported:

"... word has reached us that Ethos Capital attempted to broker a secret peace treaty this coming weekend in Washington DC by inviting key individuals to a closed-door meeting with the goal of thrashing out an agreement all sides would be happy with. After Ethos insisted the meeting be kept brief, and a number of those opposed to the sale declined to attend, Ethos's funding for attendees' flights and accommodation was suddenly withdrawn, and the plan to hold a confab fell apart, we understand."


I asked on an internal ISOC mailing list if any additional information was available on this "secret peace treaty." For information purposes and because it is not otherwise accessible to those not unsubscribed to one particular ISOC list, I am attaching the document that was shared with me and which can be made public.

It is incredible, in my view, that after three months of criticism for putting forward a secret, backroom deal to sell .ORG and sustained criticism over a lack of transparency about the sale, that ISOC would default here to a closed process in order to try to muzzle critics.

Best wishes,

Ayden FĂ©rdeline
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