The operator of the .org domain has formally applied to operate .ngo and .ong for non-governmental organisations.
Not all the proposals to operate new top-level domains are commercially driven. The not-for profit operator of the .org domain has applied to ICANN to run proposed new .ngo and .ong domains for the use of non-governmental organisations.
The .ong variant is proposed as it is the abbreviation of the French, Spanish and Portuguese phrases corresponding to 'non-governmental organisation.'
"The 'NGO' term holds great weight globally and sets these organisations apart from commercial or governmental entities," said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry.
"After meeting with hundreds of organisations worldwide to learn more about their missions and to determine how we, as their current registry, could better serve their communities, we found that no matter the location, NGOs desired a definitive online presence to help manage members, strengthen fundraising campaigns and find potential partners and donors."
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