[At-Large] Libya terminating unacceptable .ly domains
karl at cavebear.com
Fri Oct 8 08:00:50 UTC 2010
On 10/08/2010 12:10 AM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> You speak as if this hasn't already started.
The recent brouhaha about .xxx was driven in large part by some very
conservative religious groups in the US who lobbied the Bush
administration which, in turn, put pressure on the US Dep't of Commerce,
who, in turn ... well, we all saw the results.
But the net has never been seamless. My private net is not open to
everyone. I would suspect that pretty much everyone's home net is
closed to outsiders. Corporate and military chunks of the net are also
pretty well closed up.
It is a fantasy that the net ever was, is, or will be an open field in
which everyone can contact anyone and in which anyone can prance freely
to any part.
The end-to-end principle is a fading aspiration, not a reflection of
present or past reality.
And the chunking of the net is happening in many ways beyond DNS. IPv6
is going to chop the net into two distinct nets running side-by-side.
NATs and Application Level Gateways carve us up further. Rules that
require or deny cryptography (e.g. the Blackberry mess) are going to
divide us in yet another dimension. Private interconnects are going to
create a caste system in which large corporate interests will be able to
provide their most favored users with a better internet experience than
received by the independent internet user.
The dimensionality of separations is increasing even more - for
instance, those who refuse to use Facebook are divided from those who
do. Yesterday's XKCD drawing of the continents and nations of the net
is very illustrative of the growing boundaries.
My own sense is that rather than wringing hands over the divisions that
we ought to aspire to create processes and institutions that show how
those divisions are not merely silly but also counterproductive and
> Then we must allow hundreds of gTLDs to blossom in their place :-)
Yes!!! (But why merely hundreds? I'll raise you by 2 decimal orders of
magnitude a year. ;-)
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