Search Mailing List Archives


Limit search to: Subject & Body Subject Author
Sort by: Reverse Sort
Limit to: All This Week Last Week This Month Last Month
Select Date Range     through    

[liberationtech] gTLDs and censorship

Luke Allnutt AllnuttL at rferl.org
Wed Jun 22 12:15:56 PDT 2011


That makes sense. I guess the logical follow up to that though is that in those types of countries, the activists would have problems anyway -- having their sites blocked regardless of new gTLDs. It seems to me that 1) the activists wouldn't gravitate anyway toward domains like .freedom or .activist. 2) if they were forced by their governments to legally register on those domains,  they would probably be no worse off than before when they might have been blocked/disrupted and faced similar restrictions. 

Thanks all for your comments. Very helpful for me.

Luke



On 22 Jun 2011, at 18:27, "James S. Tyre" <jstyre at eff.org> wrote:

> True.  But while forcing a porn site to use .xxx clearly would be illegal here in the U.S., we can't say the same for
> the laws of all countries.  Activists would do well to avoid using new and smaller TLDs (let's say .activist for
> discussion), but if the law of the activist's country requires activists to use .activist, and the law is legal, the
> activists in that country have a problem either way.
> 
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> James S. Tyre                                      jstyre at jstyre.com
> Law Offices of James S. Tyre          310-839-4114/310-839-4602(fax)
> 10736 Jefferson Blvd., #512               Culver City, CA 90230-4969
> Policy Fellow, Electronic Frontier Foundation     http://www.eff.org
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: liberationtech-bounces at lists.stanford.edu [mailto:liberationtech-
> > bounces at lists.stanford.edu] On Behalf Of Steve Weis
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:17 AM
> > To: Luke Allnutt
> > Cc: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
> > Subject: Re: [liberationtech] gTLDs and censorship
> > 
> > Short answer: Yes, it's trivial to filter specific TLDs, but it won't matter unless laws
> > requiring their use were strictly enforced.
> > 
> > Censorship was a motivation for the ".xxx" TLD, which went into operation this year. The
> > idea is that if all the porn sites were .xxx domains, it would be easier to block them. In
> > practice, porn sites may voluntarily register a .xxx domain, but are still going to keep
> > their existing domains. Censors will add a filter to block all .xxx domains and business
> > will go on as usual.
> > 
> > Censoring .xxx will not make any difference unless porn sites are legally required to use
> > it. This was proposed by US Senators Mark Pryor and Max Baucus in the "Cyber Safety for
> > Kids Act", but it died in committee. That's not surprising since it would be hard to
> > enforce and most likely challenged in court.
> > 
> > On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 7:33 AM, Luke Allnutt <AllnuttL at rferl.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > I wonder if the list members would be able to help me on something. I'm looking into the
> > question of how new gTLDs could potentially affect censorship in repressive regimes. I
> > have a few general questions:
> > >
> > > If you create very fine-grained TLDs will it be making it easier for governments to
> > enforce blocking and censorship on those TLDs?
> > >
> > > Or would NGOs or activists steer clear of domains such as .freedom or .humanrights?
> > >
> > > Aren't generic, .com, .org, domains more difficult to block selectively without all
> > kinds of collateral damage?
> > >
> > > Would anyone be able to offer any insight, either on list or off list. I'm just an
> > interested journalist seeking expert advice. Any help would be hugely appreciated.
> > >
> > _______________________________________________
> > liberationtech mailing list
> > liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
> > 
> > Should you need to change your subscription options, please go to:
> > 
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> > 
> > If you would like to receive a daily digest, click "yes" (once you click above) next to
> > "would you like to receive list mail batched in a daily digest?"
> > 
> > You will need the user name and password you receive from the list moderator in monthly
> > reminders.
> > 
> > Should you need immediate assistance, please contact the list moderator.
> > 
> > Please don't forget to follow us on http://twitter.com/#!/Liberationtech
> 
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mailman.stanford.edu/pipermail/liberationtech/attachments/20110622/404d3246/attachment.html>


More information about the liberationtech mailing list