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Background
In June 2002, The Internet Multicasting Service and the Internet Software Consortium teamed up to submit a proposal to ICANN to become the .org TLD operator. Although we didn't win the bid, we were gratified by the support for our proposal that grew from our spread the dot campaign. We continue to support the Internet Software Consortium's OpenReg initiative and hope you will, too.

 
Switch The Dot
The DNS should be run as a solid engineering effort in the public interest, not as another dot-com opportunity. If you want to support open registries, you can repoint your dot from our original spread the dot campaign to the new OpenReg at the ISC website:

spread the dot

Thanks! We appreciate all your support to date.

What Is OpenReg?
If the big kids won't let you play on their baseball field, one solution is to build your own. OpenReg is open source software for registries, produced by the Internet Software Consortium, the folks that brought you open source solutions for BIND and DHCP. Our goal is to shrink wrap the $1 billion/year so-called "Domain Name Industry" into something much smaller and sleeker.

If you want a reality check on OpenReg, we built a live mirror of .org and what the MIS boys call an Operational Test & Evaluation Environment (translation: test system). You can: test a .org domain name in our live mirror; add sample data to the OT&E testbed to test the RRP, Whois, and DNS components of our system; and, examine performance and availability of the system.

Our Fellow .Organisms:
An ICANN Preliminary Staff Report was released on August 19, which rated the IMS/ISC bid someplace between totally clueless and moderately brain-dead. Our response was a call to our fellow .organisms, and, in an effort to reach out to people who speak other languages, a getting-to-know-you presentation.

We want thank our fellow .organisms who voiced their support and spread the dot. One of the most gratifying things about working on the Internet is witnessing the spontaneous formation of true community. Again, thanks for all the dots!

PROJECTING THE DOT
Our crack task force of statisticians have concluded that by the year 2039 all Internet users will have expressed support for our bid. At this rate, an estimated 100% of the human population will be supporting our bid in the year 2058. With your help, anything is possible.*

.P = dot population ( = earth population = internet population = .org population )
* This graph contains forward-looking projections based on our spread the dot campaign.

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