Public Interest Registry Welcomes Applications for Unified .ORG and .NGO Advisory Council

.ORG and .NGO Communities to Support Public Interest Registry on Internet Issues

RESTON, Va., Feb. 7, 2019 — Public Interest Registry is pleased to announce today the creation of a restructured Public Interest Registry Advisory Council, which combines membership of the formerly separate .org and .ngo advisory councils. This unified group will represent the voice of the .org, .ngo and .ong end user communities to Public Interest Registry and serve as an intermediary between end users and Public Interest Registry on everything from technical, to policy, to social issues affecting the internet. The Council will also provide input and recommendations for new registry strategies, policies, services and education initiatives to meet the needs of the niche communities.

Public Interest Registry is now accepting applications, including self-nominations, for five open council seats on the newly merged Advisory Council. New members ideally will have experience working in the domain industry and must have demonstrated commitment to the responsible, ethical and effective use of the internet. English communications skills are preferred as the Council will convene and communicate in English.

“A united Advisory Council representing the interests of both the .org and .ngo user bases will streamline and strengthen Public Interest Registry’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the internet community,” said Jon Nevett, president and CEO of Public Interest Registry. “We look forward to a new Council that represents diverse experience and fresh perspective on how Public Interest Registry can uplift our registrants and the important work they are doing around the globe.”

The Public Interest Registry Board aims to establish a Council composition that is geographically and socially broad and balanced. Members will reflect a diversity of sectors, potentially including, but not limited to, educational, artistic, cultural, human rights, political, religious, poverty reduction, social services, internet technology/domain and scientific sectors. No two members of the Council will be from the same organization, and the Board will work toward selection of an approximately equal representation of small, medium and large organizations. Potential members should display in their nomination a commitment to educating organizations and individuals on technical, policy, social and development issues affecting the internet.

The call for Public Interest Registry Advisory Council applications opens February 7, 2019 and will close April 12, 2019. The Public Interest Registry Board then will make a final decision on Council membership. New members will be notified of their acceptance on April 30, 2019.


About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to educate and enable the global noncommercial community to use the internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society (internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

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