When IT Meets Politics

Nov 28 2010   12:04PM GMT

.uk is not .com – let alone .anon or .xxx

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo


I am intrigued by the controversy over the plans of Nominet to work with law enforcement to take action against malpractice by those registering their websites on .uk

I used to think that .uk was for those who wanted their vistors to know that they were dealing with a bona fide UK company or individual – not an overseas look-alike or predator. Last year I was dismayed to learn how easy it was for others to register and have been delighted to see the recent changes to the governance of Nominet and the business models of its registrars. I look forward to seeing the latter making more money from provided more trusted services. .

Those who wish to be anonymous should go elsewhere.

I would like to see a properly protected  .anon (where it is indeed not possible to identify those who do not wish to be identified) and even a .xxx (for those who want that sort of thing). But I wuld also like to be able to easily block all traffic to or from such sites except when I (not my ISP or Search engine) actively trust them. And that means facilities in my browser that will enable me (as a lay user) to make an informed decision.

Unfortuately that concept that appears alien to almost the entire Internet community.

I too do not like (or trust) routines security facilitiies, ISPs or Search Engines which fail to filter out malware while clogging my screen with blurb from those who pay most and blocking me from finding what I am seeking because of litigation which should have no impact outside the obscure US County Court where it originated. 

I should also add that, while I normally trust government agencies as far as I can throw them (i.e. not a lot), I happen to trust GCHQ and SOCA rather more that I trust any of my current Internet Service Providers.

Would I trust the anonymity/probity/security of a truly off-shore operation, headquartered in Switzerland with its server farms in Norwegian Fjords and Tropical Lagoons … I wonder.



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