Domain Names for the Rich

June 20th, 2011

I’ve often wondered how systems that start out being relatively democratic and equal turn out to be oriented toward corporations and moneyed elites. Here is an example of how it is done. ICANN, the body that (supposedly) regulates domain names, has just approved a system whereby anyone can make up a domain name, provided they can pay $185,000. The first ones to jump on this will be corporations looking to protect their brands. People like me won’t be able to create greg.holden or these sorts of domain names. Nor would I want to. Read more here.

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