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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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  • Wonderful Idea! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SgtKeeling (717065) on Thursday February 10, 2011 @11:58AM (#35163396) Journal
    This is a really wonderful idea. I certainly wouldn't want to register a domain that might not be acceptable to every bureaucrat in every government on the planet. This way, if there's something that a particular government doens't like, they can just remove it for me. Simple! This will be awesome!
  • Re:Not News (Score:3, Insightful)

    by non-registered (639880) on Thursday February 10, 2011 @12:18PM (#35163622) Homepage
    It requires someone to speak up against it. Why risk a political foofarah if you don't have a pony in the race? Don't be fooled. This is very cleverly architected.
  • Re:Not News (Score:2, Insightful)

    by kiwimate (458274) on Thursday February 10, 2011 @12:19PM (#35163632) Journal

    But of course. Slashdot summaries are typically as shrill and outrageous as the very worst of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Osama Bin Laden, and Sarah Palin combined. And on steroids. With a bad headache to make them grumpier and more shrill. And without the self-restraint typically exhibited by those individuals. And a bad dose of PMS. And deploring the overly-rigorous editorial standards of Fox News.

    And that's what the comments have to go on, because god forbid anyone should read the article.*

    * If we are so lucky as to have an actual legitimate article to read rather than a Photoshopped screenshot of a Twitter feed from someone who thought they read a blog somewhere by ImTheRealBillGatesHonest that's been printed out, scanned in at 50 DPI and then run through a prehistoric OCR reader.

  • Communist Internet (Score:3, Insightful)

    by RandomPsychology (932636) on Thursday February 10, 2011 @02:56PM (#35165540) Homepage
    Welcome to Communism! Where the government can take away your hard earned property just because they want to! Ask how wonderfully this general mechanism works for China...

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