Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Mandelson makes grab for the UK internet

Truly shocking news over at the Register. Peter Mandelson's business department appears to have started a powergrab for the UK Internet name registrar Nominet. In a letter dated October 15, a senior civil servant at BERR, David Hendon, wrote to niminet stating:
"What arguments would you employ to convince my Ministers that the present relationship between government and the company is appropriate in ensuring that public policy objectives in relation to the management of the domain name system and the standing of the UK in the internet community are understood and taken into account?"
Just imagine if Whitehall controled the .uk domain and the implication that could have. They could take sites hosted in the uk domain offline easily. It would also provide the Government with a massive propaganda tool.

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9 comments:

Centaur said...

Consider this along with the EU Proposals to control blogging etc and it's hard not to see yet another attempt to suppress dissent.

Fools.

Bill Quango MP said...

Kill him..Its the only way.

Stake through the heart, silver bullet in the back, cross from an altar in the neck, the holy lance of Percival up the rear,Sunlight on the feet, a vial of holy water in the face,a bulb of garlic in the mouth,a priest shouting "The power of Christ compels you",Flamethrower to the chest, Axe to knock off the head or even Ghostbuster Proton power packs.

This foul creature summoned back from Hell has been back a few weeks and is ready wreaking havoc on the Kingdom.

At the very least cut his legs off with Leatherface's chainsaw..slow him up a bit.

Anonymous said...

David still there, is he? I'd have to see the whole of his letter to know what to make of it but DTI - BERR's predecessor was - in recent years the bit of government that handled both telecoms and IT policy issues and sat on the various EU groups. There used to be some pretty well qualified professionals there - though they have been thinned out/sidelined s the years have gone by.

Blue Eyes said...

Surely it should be HMG coming up with reasons why the current set-up doesn't work? There is no great controversy about the way it works right now, is there? Nominet are pretty efficient in my limited experience. The only reason I can see for the government to want to take over is that they want to control who can buy a domain. Why would they want to do that?

Alex said...

The paragraph you quote is right at the heart of the issue. It is up to the government to set out why (whether?) they think present arrangements are inappropriate and, if so, to suggest remedies. not the other way round.

Guthrum said...

The LPUK 1984 campaign made only one exception to not sending their Lordships a copy- Mandelson.

He is a fundamental threat to the liberties and freedoms of this country

BrianSJ said...

To HMRC, NHS et etc
"What arguments would you employ to convince my Ministers that the department is ensuring that public policy objectives in relation to the management of personal data and the standing of the UK in the internet community are understood and taken into account?"

Perhaps they could point to a few government organizations that know how to use a computer (or even a biro).

londrum said...

i think there are a few things which could work better, to be fair. obviously it would be bad for the government to do it, but what particular reason is there for foreign companies to own a .uk domain name? (i mean the ones who don't operate in the uk) take google, as an example, they own the .com version of their name, along with the .uk, .fr, .ge and probably every other version under the sun. but all they do is deliver a different set of results, that's all. exactly the same set of results could be delivered by their .com site if they so wished, by checking where the user is dialling up from. there is nothing inherently british about the .uk site.
companies seem to buy up the names as a matter of course -- if they get the .com then they want all the others as well. it's almost like a scam -- they have to do it to protect their trademark.

Lola said...

Bloody Hell! What next? Just what next will this awful fascist government wnat to control?