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Corporate Takeover of New Internet Names

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Map of the Internet - Global Nerve System

Now somebody wants to privatize internet addresses. We think that’s a lousy idea.

The internet is getting to be a crowded place and we need new top-level domain names. Frankly, it’s getting harder and harder for businesses and individuals to invent .com names that haven’t alrady been thought of and taken. So the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has come up with over a thousand new top-level domains – tags such as such as .book or .news or .art or .bank or .university or .beer so forth.

Unfortunately, there’s a movement afoot to allow the new domains to be managed by private, for profit corporations.

Change.org has a petition to stop the private take over.  As they say – “If companies like Amazon and others have their way, there will be no .MUSIC website names available for musicians and bands, No .SALON domain names for real salon owners, no .APP web addresses for app developers.” We at CriticalPages agree.  As we said, we think that’s a bad idea, a lousy idea, a really, really terrible idea.

More Notes

Tim Carmody, in his excellent piece, "How Haiti Became Poor", notes that President Trump's racist policies and vulgar language have sullied the word "shithole" which used to be one of the all-time great swear words. He's right. It's another terrible power this careless President wields.