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WHOIS Privacy, Security and Copyright Enforcement

WHOIS Privacy, Security and Copyright Enforcement

icann-logoCurrently, if you won a domain name, your information (or whatever information you provided) is available in a public database known as WHOIS.

The WHOIS database has been the subject of controversy for well over a decade, in particular due to its public nature. On one hand, having a public database of everyone who owns domain, IP address or DNS server is very useful for those wanting to track down spammers, copyright infringers and others online.

However, it’s also useful by those same bad guys (PDF), who have often crawled the database as a means to find email addresses and contact information for people they want to send junk mail to or generally harass.

But a new proposal by a group within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the group that oversees the WHOIS system, aims to change that. It proposes making the database private, one that can only be accessed by authorized individuals, thus reducing the privacy and spamming issues that come with a completely open, public database.

However, that proposal has been met with controversy as well. Many argue that users have a right to know the people behind the sites that they’re using while still others fear that such a system could hamper efforts to stop spammers, prevent online attacks and more.

To understand that cause of the concern, we first have to understand a bit more about the WHOIS system itself and how the proposed changes will work, if they are passed as is.Continue Reading

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 258 – Diigo Down

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 258 – Diigo Down

With Diigo down, we had to improvise a bit this episode but still got to cover the latest on New Zealand three strikes and more!Continue Reading

3 Count: Time Warp

3 Count: Time Warp

The time zone database is safe, for now, Denmark ISP must block Grooveshark and Steve Job’s 30th birthday video causes a copyright problem.Continue Reading

Distil: The Anti-Scraping Content Protection Network

Distil: The Anti-Scraping Content Protection Network

Distil is a new company promising to combat scraping while improving your site’s performance. But how well does it work?Continue Reading

3 Count: Vegas Odds

3 Count: Vegas Odds

SOPA gets some tweaks, doesn’t please critics, Righthaven may have copyrights auctioned off and MGA wins one of its Bratz-related lawsuits.Continue Reading

DNS, SOPA, Content Blocking and More

DNS, SOPA, Content Blocking and More

With all of the talk about the Stop Online Piracy Act, it’s important to take a look at the tech behind site blocking and how it might work if passed.Continue Reading

The Image/File Hosting Problem

There are times where content that appears to be on one server is really elsewhere. Here’s how to overcome that problem. Continue Reading

Quarkbase: Almost Everything About a Website

Hot on the heels of my review of AbouThiSite, we now take a look at a new service that promises to improve the way you get information about a site and fix many of the issues from the former review.Continue Reading

AbouThiSite: Smart Weasel, Useless Data

Mashup site, AbouThiSite, attempts to make the process of getting the information you need about a domain easier than ever, but does it provide the needed tools for us to get by?Continue Reading

WhoIsHostingThis: Easy and Reliable

Recent improvements at WhoIsHostingThis promise to make it the go-to resource for finding the host of a site. But are the improvements good enough?Continue Reading