All your domain names are belong to Obama…

The Greenroom

Of course. After all, technology is really just a “distraction”.

The Obama administration is quietly seeking the power for it and other governments to veto future top-level domain names, a move that raises questions about free expression, national sovereignty, and the role of states in shaping the future of the Internet.

At stake is who will have authority over the next wave of suffixes to supplement the venerable .com, .org, and .net. At least 115 proposals are expected this year, including .car, .health, .nyc, .movie, and .web, and the application process could be finalized at a meeting in San Francisco next month.

The article points out the pointless dithering by the Bush administration for the last several years to deny the use of the .xxx domain, and this is equally pointless. However, given the Obama administration’s fetish for the power to shut down the internet entirely, as well as to deny private companies the ability to offer varying levels of service to their customers, this is just another coal on the fire. The White House is demonstrating that they are patently uncomfortable with the internet continuing to be a “wild frontier”. They want control, and they want as much of it as possible. Remember those geek friends of ours who marveled at how tech-savvy Obama was, and voted for him almost entirely on that basis? Enjoy the schadenfreude.

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