Domain .NGO to be launched for non-government orgs

MANILA, Philippines – The launch later this year of a new top-level global Internet domain just for non-governmental organizations means that civil society, charities, environmentalists, human rights groups and others will have an enhanced ability to become more visible on the Web.  The new domain is called .NGO and will be open to qualified NGOs. 

The organization that will administer .NGO, Public Interest Registry (PIR), will be in Manila for an event on Tuesday, August 19. Public Interest Registry, which already administers the well-known .ORG top-level domain, believes .NGO, which will be open only to certified NGOs, will provide a valuable service to the NGO community. 

“The Internet is already a powerful tool for NGOs, allowing them to interact with the world and to connect with and secure new supporters and potential donors,” says PIR board member Ingrid Srinath. “We are now talking to the NGO community in many countries to better understand their needs and to explain the new domain.” 

At Tuesday’s event, Srinath will be joined by PIR’s international advisor, Nick Thorne, the former United Kingdom ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. Srinath is CEO of Hivos India Advisory Services, an international development organization and she works with civil society organizations in developing countries worldwide. 

They will discuss the new top-level domain, the changing structure of the Internet and how Filipino NGOs can qualify for inclusion in the new domain. For Public Interest Registry, which is based in the United States, the Philippines is one of two top priority countries in Asia for .NGO.

Both Ingrid Srinath and Nick Thorne will be available for interviews before or following the event. To schedule a TV interview contact Lin Neumann – aln1953@gmail.com.

With its vibrant online community and important civil society sector, the Philippines is a natural place for .NGO. The new domain will be an international online community open only to genuine NGOs, creating an online space where NGOs can:

Gain visibility as trusted, international non-profit organizations

Raise funds to help support campaigns, projects and initiatives

Connect with new partners and collaborators worldwide

Collaborate to reduce online risks to the NGO community, such as spam

Domain holders of .NGO will also have their organizations included in a searchable NGO Directory that includes a customizable online profile, enabling each organization to showcase their activities and communicate with partners, funders and the public. 

Time and Place:

Tuesday, August 19, 9.30 am-12 noon (buffet lunch will follow)

Asian Institute of Management Conference Center, AIM Conference Center, Benavidez cor. Trasierra St., Legaspi Village, Makati 

RSVP: pirevent@gmail.com

Invitation Manila2 by Rappler Philippines

 

About Public Interest Registry

An NGO itself, Public Interest Registry is dedicated to serving the public interest and the global NGO community. For more than a decade, PIR has managed the .ORG domain, with more than 10.4 million domains in over 200 countries and territories. It is known for promoting online security and helping NGOs use the Internet safely.