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.ORG, The Public Interest Registry Releases Its First Ever Domain Name Report, "The Dashboard"

Highlighted .ORG Categories by Content Density - While the .ORG domain is popularly associated with non-profit organizations, which certainly form an important component of its constituency, this breakdown shows that the domain’s actual community is both vibrant and diverse.
Source: PIR (Chart depicts highlighted categories only, it does not reflect the entire composition of .ORG registrations.)
.ORG, The Public Interest Registry announces today the release of their first bi-annual domain name report, "The Dashboard." Among other industry data, "The Dashboard" reveals that registrations for .ORG grew 11%, up to 7.69 million total registrations in the first half of 2009, compared to a year ago. This is significant since the growth rate outpaces other well known Top Level Domains (TLDs) such as .com and .net in a year otherwise marked by economic downturn. Similarly, from January to June, .ORG experienced the highest percentage growth at 5% compared to other TLDs.

"The Dashboard" also contains for the first time information on the type, density and diversity of content provided by organizations who have registered a .ORG address. The content available is related not only to non-profit organizations, but also to healthcare, arts and culture, associations, sports and teams, schools, environmental, open source software, charity and religion to name a few.

Beyond key industry data, "The Dashboard" describes the many key initiatives and innovations lead by PIR, the company behind .ORG, in the first half of 2009. Some notable initiatives include becoming the first and largest open TLD to successfully sign with Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), PIR's leadership in the industry to adopt and advocate policies against abuses such as phishing, malware and spam, as well as programs to shine the spotlight on the millions of growing causes worldwide.

"'The Dashboard' report highlights the diversity of content available under a .ORG address, which goes a long way to explain the phenomenal growth and appeal of the .ORG domain name, even compared to many traditional choices available in the marketplace," said Alexa Raad, CEO of .ORG, The Public Interest Registry.

"The Dashboard" can be found at www.pir.org/news.

About PIR

PIR

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 empower 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. (Learn More)

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