EFF & Cory Doctorow on why the .ORG registry sale to Ethos Capital must be stopped!

Join us at this recently scheduled special event led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Saturday, January 18, 2020
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Crash Space 
10526 Venice Blvd
Culver City, Los Angeles, CA 90232
Venue Questions: lfifteena@gmail.com

This event is free of charge and open to the public

In preparation for an in-person protest at the ICANN office on Friday, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Special Advisor, speaker, and author Cory Doctorow will be at CRASH Space this Saturday to talk more about why .ORG matters, and why the sale of the .ORG registry to Ethos Capital must be stopped. Cory’s talk will be followed by a sign-design party with art materials and inspirational designs to make signs and banners for the protest.

Last month it was suddenly announced that the nonprofit that owns the .ORG domain registry was planning to sell it to a private equity firm, Ethos Capital. This could impact millions of individuals and organizations who have a .ORG website, particularly nonprofits and NGOs, subjecting them to potential censorship and leaving the door open for price increases on domain registration and renewals. But we can stop the sale and make sure .ORGs are protected!

In just a few weeks, over 600 organizations, from the Girl Scouts of America and Greenpeace to the Internet Archive and Wikimedia, have signed on to a petition to ICANN, which must approve the sale. Over 20,000 individuals have signed on as well. Now we need to tell ICANN in person during their board meeting that they must protect .ORGs.

This event might be held outdoors & seating is limited, so please plan accordingly and don’t forget to RSVP. Street parking is limited. Arrive early & check posted signs.

Even if you can’t attend Saturday, please join your fellow .ORG supporters, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future, who will be turning out in force for the protest on Friday the 24th, where we’ll deliver the petitions to ICANN staff and make it clear: .ORGS are not for sale.

CRASH Space is a 501(c)3 non-profit Hackerspace in Los Angeles and proud member of the EFA Alliance. Learn more at crashspace.org & The Electric Frontier Alliance.

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