Ethos Capital, a private equity firm, announced late last year that it would buy the rights to dot-org for more than $1 billion from the advocacy organization the Internet Society.
Ethos Capital, they say, will want to make back that $1 billion and deliver a return to investors while it’s at it.
ADADThis is a story of corporate squabbling, but it’s also a story of squabbling over the reality that the Internet has become corporate.
Ethos makes the point that the Web is evolving and dot-org needs to evolve with it.
Whatever practical worries Ethos Capital’s control would pose, the greater concern might be more philosophical: The Web has gotten away from us, and the end of dot-org as we know it feels a lot like giving up.

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