[At-Large] 9th Circuit Court ruling on ICANN Contract.
karl at cavebear.com
Tue Jan 11 21:30:09 UTC 2011
On 01/11/2011 11:25 AM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> I continue to be bewildered by the baseless assertion that one cannot have
> speak freely on the Internet without owning a domain.
Sure - but lack of a domain name is a handicap.
By way of analogy - One can speak freely without owning a TV network
(such as Fox News), but it sure makes your voice a lot louder if you
Similarly one can speak on the net without a domain name, but that means
giving up a lot of decibels in the form of search engine listings,
historical persistence, reputation, cross-linkage with other forms of
speech/media, control of the message, etc.
And by forcing individuals to give up their power of being anonymous
with a domain name that one thereby gives greater power to aggregate
structures - largely corporations - that can easily launder their
identity through any number of intermediaries.
It's sort of like stuffing a rag into the mouths of individuals on the
internet while giving a megaphone to others.
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