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Government The Internet

Can World Governments Veto Your Domain Name? 177

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-website-by-any-other-name dept.
AugstWest writes "There's been talk recently of the Obama administration wanting the right to shoot down possible TLDs, but it looks like things may be going even a step further — According to this article by Laura Stotler, 'the NTIA is asking for the power to object to any proposed Internet address for any reason.' What happens if, say, the government of Germany decides they don't like your domain name? ICANN's had its share of bureaucratic nightmares, what happens when world governments also have a say?"
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Can World Governments Veto Your Domain Name?

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  • oh noes! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Krneki (1192201) on Thursday February 10, 2011 @12:57PM (#35163378)
    All your domain are belong to US!
  • Irony (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 10, 2011 @01:23PM (#35163680)

    “Ironically, the US has become the most formidable world advocate of burdensome government oversight and control in internet governance,” said Milton Mueller, a Syracuse University professor.

    Yes, that is ironic. Because in all other ways the US is a shining beacon of hope and joy and all things wonderful to us all.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead