Looks like my new Homeland Stupidity category is going to fill up fast.
In a very quiet, unilateral decision last February, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration decided that private registrations for .us domain names must end.
According to Bob Parsons of GoDaddy, the NTIA strong-armed registrars into signing a new agreement forbidding the use of private domain registrations, and then when the first Congressional inquiries came in, obfuscated the truth. Parsons has started a Web site where he has posted further information and supporting documentation.
Parsons argues that private domain registrations only protect law-abiding citizens and that eliminating them will cause Americans to be exposed to identity theft and a range of other Internet and real-life crimes. He states that law enforcement supports private registrations, noting that the bad guys “don’t use private registrations; they simply lie and provide false information when obtaining the domain names they use to work their evil trickery. Law enforcement agencies know this, and as a result support private domain name registrations.”
This is yet another example of what happens when bureaucrats are left to their own devices unchecked. Even though my own .us registration was — and is — public, I wholeheartedly agree that private registrations should be allowed and I strongly urge every one of you to stand with Bob Parsons and do everything you can to have this ridiculous bureaucratic screwup reversed.