Earlier this week, Public Interest Registry released it’s bi-annual domain name report, “The Dashboard,” highlighting the growth of .ORG in the second half of 2012. Overall, we had a remarkable year. Most notably, in June we accumulated the registration of the 10 millionth .ORG domain; and by December we reached 10.1 million .ORGs!

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Some of the key findings of “The Dashboard” include the following:

  • New .ORG registrations increased by 11.9 percent in the second half of 2012.
  • The number of .ORG domains under management (DUM) grew by 4.3 percent in 2012.
  • ORG experienced a net gain of 416,301 registrations in 2012.
  • .ORG DUM have more than doubled during the past seven years, increasing from 3.9 million in 2005 to more than 10.1 million in 2012.

We are particularly proud of our international growth in the past two years. From 2010 to 2012, new .ORG domain names created abroad increased in the following regions:

  • Asia, Australia and the Pacific region grew by 47 percent.
  • Africa grew by 23 percent.
  • Latin America grew by 25 percent.

This increased demand for .ORG in international markets only further solidifies our commitment to non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO) worldwide. To that end, our applications with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to be the operator of .NGO and .ONG domains are currently under evaluation, and ICANN expects to delegate new top-level domains later this year. These proposed domain extensions would be specifically aimed at meeting the needs of the global NGO community, providing them with a secure and trusted venue that enables them to increase engagement, awareness and funding opportunities. For more than a decade, Public Interest Registry has served non-profit organizations and we look forward to growing our mission and global capabilities in 2013.

To view the full results of our report, download the Dashboard here.