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February 12, 2011

Nominet plans debate on pulling criminal websites

by Darren Allan

Nominet has announced that it will be holding discussions on policy including whether it should be given the responsibility to vet illegal websites, and the power to shut them down.

At the moment, Nominet has no obligation to move against domains which are being used by known criminals – in contrast to registrars of .org and .biz domains.

Last November, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) suggested that Nominet be given the power to deal with websites which are judged to be breaking the law.

Nominet says that a wide range of stakeholders have indicated they’d be interested in being involved in the debate over whether and how to best take this step.

Those who want to take part in the discussions have to put their names forward now, with registration closing on February 23rd. The first meeting will happen at some stage next month.

Nominet notes that the group will not give operational advice, but will instead discuss “ideas related to the nature of formal requests for suspension, whether safeguards are necessary (an appeals process, for example), and what information and support might be needed from the industry for responsible officers in Law Enforcement Agencies to help them identify when action is appropriate.”

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  1. If there is a crime shouldn,t it be dealt with by police and then the courts ?
    Who is nominet anyway.
    Internet censorship is big brother trying to control the masses now that T.V brainwashing by the state is becoming part of history.
    Leave the god damn internet alone.
    Freedom is ours and so is the internet.
    Go find a worthwhile job to do and let people make up their own minds.

    Comment by Unfree Kingdom — February 12, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  2. Do you not think the police already have too much juradiction in matters which should be judged by court and jury prior to police action? These boys in blue can walk straight into your home, into any room they please just because of some stupid section law. It happened to a friend of mine, who’s gf was unclothed in the bedroom of their flat and they just barged in, they apologised and walked off after realising they hit the wrong flat. Bloody useless government, the police exist to serve and protect the public, not to throw their weight around wherever they want just because they believe they are right! Give the powers back to the court, put the police back in their rightful place, as puppets of the court system, not Judge Dredds running amok! Bloody Labour years have really screwed us all up! I hope the tories have more sense! If the force gets their hand on the internet - right at the DNS level, the internet is well-and-truly shagged. I’ve overheard these bobbys chit-chatting at a festival once, their views made me cringe, wish I was able to record them, but even then that evidence would be inadmissable in court because the defendants were not aware of being taped and that is against the law. Well a bobby saying he overheard you say x-y-z is pretty much all it takes these days in court to get you shafted unless you got some financial anger behind you to make them shake in their boots. Of course, not all the force is bad, but unfortunately the good ones work behind the desk or very rarely get out of the car!

    Comment by TaxPayer — February 13, 2011 @ 10:56 am

  3. “If there is a crime shouldn,t it be dealt with by police and then the courts ?”

    Police are limited by national boundaries, crims are not. Polive are powerless to act because a site could be hosted in the U.K. one day, and in China the next.

    You really think shutting down a fake ‘HSBC’ website that exists only to steal people’s money is ‘big brother censorship’? I think you’re being a little paranoid.

    Comment by Chris — February 13, 2011 @ 11:18 am

  4. Where to get involved:

    Comment by MoreRepression — February 13, 2011 @ 11:56 am

  5. If you can see the pattern, then you will notice the repeats and the big picture becomes clear.
    I may not get another chance to broadcast this message again.

    Comment by 3rdBlindEye — February 13, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  6. @Chris
    theres already a group in place that deals with this and child porn sites by blocking them through ur isp… the last thing we need is another group doing god knows what. + idont see how they will shut down a website hosted in a foreign country with no diplomatic relations, or even in china where the country is built on counterfiet products. waste of time and money!

    Comment by seeme — February 13, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

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