“That cemented control of all-important .com and .net domains with a U.S. company – VeriSign – putting every website using one of those addresses firmly within reach of American courts regardless of where the owners are located – possibly forever.”
One of the memorable Privacy and Surveillance discussion I had to comment on is this issue about American authority’s arrogant control over the countless number of online sites. As one of the minor Internet users, I was plainly shocked to hear that any foreign-based sites with the domains under U.S. government control can be seized any time.
.Com, .net, .org, .biz, and so on are all globally popular domain names. In the particular incident reported in the article above, Bodog.com was seized, potentially because the registry was an American company (VeriSign) and probably had many gambling participants within the U.S. It doesn’t matter where the site owners are, or where they registered the domains.
The fate of all the online sites is in the government’s hands, or is it not? Considering the hacker group Anonymous’s recent massive retaliation on government websites for Megaupload raids and Wikipedia’s protest, it seems that the problem is getting nowhere. I’m sure the Internet users who invested money to the site (s) are angered. There would have been an incredible number of people involved, since in case of Megaupload, it is actually “Mega”-popular. Overall, the issue can simply bring out political debate.
Freedom is achieved by great expense. However, it certainly is dismaying to know even the freedom of speech can be seized from us any time soon.
Thanks to Alex for the discussion. His blog post on the article can be found here.