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One of the important facts about the dotgay LLC community application for the .gay domain name is the guarantee to give 67% of profits from the sale of domain names back to the community in the public interest. Another important fact is that they have not waited for the domain name to be allocated to give to the public interest. They have been giving to the Internet public Interest since day 1.
For the past years, dotgay LLC has been one of those helping to support efforts in Internet governance oriented around human rights and empowerment of users on the Internet. One component of their generosity involves my work. Together with several NGOs, they have contributed toward my independent work on human rights, Internet rights and technology to support human rights concerns.
Among the activities which they helped to fund:
- Extensive participation in ICANN activities, including work on human rights impact, and accountability.
- Participation in World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) activities that involve Freedom of Expression and ICT for Development.
- Participation in US delegation to World Summits on ICT issues advising the US delegation on non commercial issues including those of LGBTQIA community users.
- Support of early work on research to discover protocol considerations that affect the use of the Internet for freedom of expression and of assembly. This work has led to the creation of HRPC a candidate research group in the Internet Research Task Force.
Beyond this, dotgay LLC supported grants for LGBTQI individuals from countries where the gay community is endangered, to attend international fora.
dotgay LLC is one of the funders that enabled me to do the work that brought me the first annual ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos award in 2014 while still being able pay my mortgage and put food on the table. Without their support, I would have been hard pressed to continue at times.
All of this was done without any quid pro quo; done without any sort of policy ‘guidance’ or special requests. This is a rare form of generosity and commitment to the cause of the public interest. It is time that I recognize this and thank Scott Seitz, the leader of dotgay LLC, for his approach to the public interest.