Thursday, April 13, 2006

More DNS trouble

Milton Mueller has written an article in which he's proud that the ICANN members have voted to protect the "privacy" of domain registrants. What's not said in the article is that the vote was directly beneficial to those voting. In other words, their biggest customers (the spammers that cycle through hundreds if not thousands of domains in a year) are protected.

The drawback is that they're also likely to turn themselves into a legal organization as this "advantage" gets exploited to its limits. It will also draw them into a tight relationship with the U.S. Government, the same one that they're now proud to have defeated. This is because only those with enough resources to repeatedly subpoena information from the registrants. In other words, Microsoft and the USG. The rest of us security types are left out in the cold.

Unless ICANN starts policing the environment they control, allowing people to hide behind false or hidden identities, I wouldn't be surprised at the type of law suits they'll face in the coming years, especially if the situation gets so bad that government feels the need to step in. This will get quite interesting in the next few years.