18 June-14 October 2002
The Internet Society teams with technical registry services company Afilias in a bid to succeed VeriSign as the operator of the .ORG registry. In June 2002, after nearly a year of preparation, President and CEO Lynn St. Amour and David Maher, a volunteer active in public policy for the Internet Society, travel to the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting in Bucharest to present ISOC’s proposal. On 14 October, ICANN announces that the Internet Society’s bid has prevailed; on 1 January 2003, the Internet Society assumes operation of .ORG.
The acquisition of .ORG marks a turning point in the Internet Society’s history. It puts the organization on much sounder financial footing, enabling increased support for longstanding programs and obligations, and for the development of new initiatives in keeping with ISOC’s core values.