Ars Technica published a piece today on the pending .org sale. In another attempt to get PIR to release documents, Ars Technica reported that they contacted PIR today and they claimed they cannot release documents due to confidentiality agreements.
From the article:
CANN says it wants to make the transaction-review process more transparent. But ICANN apparently needs PIR’s permission to publish the request for information and PIR’s responses, and so far PIR has refused a request to make documents public. In last week’s letter to PIR and the Internet Society, ICANN General Counsel and Secretary John Jeffrey urged PIR to make the information public:
We contacted PIR today and the organization said it isn’t able to comply with the request to make documents public because of confidentiality agreements. PIR told Ars:
PIR is committed to being transparent with ICANN and the Internet community, and PIR is working to answer ICANN’s questions and address why this acquisition will be good for the .org community. But like any company in the middle of an acquisition, and consistent with other changes of control that have been reviewed by ICANN, we are limited in what we can release publicly due to confidential[it]y agreements with other parties and proprietary information involving the transaction.
Over 40 comments on the article and one that rang true came from Drizzt321
WTF does “investing in .org” mean?! Why does there _need_ to be an investment? It’s already built-out, in the public knowledge, well supported everywhere, lots of registrars, etc. Just gotta keep the lights on, and I’d actually expected costs to maintain existing functionality to go down as bandwidth and hardware costs overall have gone down.
Alright. Who’s getting what kickbacks?