Linked by David Adams on Tue 6th Mar 2012 16:23 UTC
Legal If you run a web site or service that runs afoul of US law, and that site is hosted overseas, then the US legal system doesn't have much recourse, right? Wrong. Because the .com, .net, and .org top level domains are managed by a US company, the government can come to Verisign with a court order and seize your domain, effectively shutting you down. And because of a quirk of internet history that made the US-controlled domains the de-facto standard for web sites, this is a situation that's quite possibly permanent.
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reusing an old analogy
by tidux on Tue 6th Mar 2012 22:00 UTC
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US control of the major TLDs and most of the root DNS servers is like democracy in general: the worst option except for all the other ones. All the international options suck, and I don't think there's a single country out there that a) isn't the US, b) won't kowtow to US requests anyway, and c) isn't more repressive than the US. Seriously, the short list of countries that routinely tell the US to go pound sand is like a who's who of crackpot dictatorships and oppressive regimes. Venezuela, North Korea, China, Russia, Iran...

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