Home / Industry

The Internet as a Democratic Utility

In the wake of our recent news that .ORG has officially registered 7 million domains, some comments made to CNN by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark this week really resonated with me. The article, entitled "Internet Can Strengthen Democracy” discusses many of the same issues we have found to be the driving forces behind .ORG's consistent year-over-year growth — community building, interaction, and inclusivity.

The social media capabilities enabled by the Internet are allowing for closer personal interaction among people otherwise dispersed globally. It is also playing a huge role, as we've seen in growth within the .ORG space and in the realm of civic and political engagement, as Craig Newmark speaks to in the above article. Craig refers to the positive impacts of the Internet on the democratic process, and his statements are absolutely supported by the experience we've had over the years and reaching our current milestone within the .ORG Community.

Social networking, online advocacy and collaboration trends have been critical factors in not just the growth of the Internet but also its development as a fundamental utility for economic growth, political discourse and reform. But perhaps "utility" is the wrong word, as it conveys a sense of permanence. We have sounded the alarm and expressed our concerns about the fragile nature of what we currently enjoy: an unbounded and open Internet (albeit increasingly under attack).

What do you think? Have social media and advancing internet communication technologies increased your closeness to those around you as well as to issues you follow and support? Do you share our concern about the future welfare of this beloved "utility".

Written by Alexa Raad, Chief Executive Officer of Public Interest Registry

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

Related topics: Registry Services, Internet Governance, Policy & Regulation, Top-Level Domains, Web

 
   
WEEKLY WRAP — Get CircleID's Weekly Summary Report by Email:

Related Blogs

Apple.news or News.apple?

An Internet for Identity

The .Corp, .Home & .Mail Quandary

AfPIF Brings Together Internet Players

Internet Access: A Chokepoint for Development

Related News

Explore Topics

Industry Updates – Sponsored Posts

LogicBoxes Launches the New Elite Reseller Program

Miss.Africa Announces 2016, Round II Seed Funding Tech Initiative for Women in Africa

Airpush Chooses DeviceAtlas to Provide Device Awareness to Mobile Ad Network

DeviceAtlas Releases Q2 2016 Mobile Web Intelligence Report, Apple Loses Browsing Market Share

Afilias Acquires Premium TLDs .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI

Effective Strategies to Build Your Reseller Channel (Webinar)

Radix Adds Dyn as a DNS Service Provider

Facilitating a Trusted Web Space for Financial Service Professionals

Ready or Not, 5 Big Tech Trends Headed Your Way

.STORE Grosses Over $1 Million Before the Close of Day 1

News.Markets: A Rising Star in the World of Financial Trading and New TLDs

Verisign Announces .コム Domain Names Are Now Available for Anyone to Register

NBA & NFL Teams Drive .store Sunrise Score to 647

Financial Industry Quick to Embrace New Top Level Domains

New TLD .STORE Crosses 500+ Sunrise Applications

Meet Boston Ivy, Home to Some of the Most Specialized TLDs in the Financial Services Sector

Move Beyond Defensive Domain Name Registrations, Towards Strategic Thinking

Is Your TLD Threat Mitigation Strategy up to Scratch?

Verisign Launches New gTLDs for the Korean Market, .닷컴 and .닷넷

Verisign Opens Landrush Program Period for .コム Domain Names

Sponsored Topics

Afilias

DNS Security

Sponsored by
Afilias
Verisign

Security

Sponsored by
Verisign
Port25

Email

Sponsored by
Port25
Afilias - Mobile & Web Services

Mobile

Sponsored by
Afilias - Mobile & Web Services