A Moral Internet?- The Registrars’ Secret Weapon

Hi Mercy,

Most registrars that register Country Code Top Level Domain registries
encounter this requirement. A high number of Country Code Top Level Domain
Registries are under some form of supervision by Regulatory Agencies across
the globe. This is especially so in Africa where a majority of the
registries (approximately 40 %) are operated by a regulator , government
institution or University as such it is common to find clauses limiting
offensive and inappropriate registrations in the registry policy. This is a
debatable issue but again governments serve as moral police within their
respective territories. The case is different for generic Top Level Domain
registries which are more consumer driven, (the .xxx kind)


On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:40 AM, kanini mutemi via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> The Internet Governance Project did an analysis of the ToS of 74
> registrars who manage 90% of all domains. Their findings are intriguing
> especially since they show that there is a link between domain name policy
> and internet content regulation.
> e.g.:
> *We found the ToS of 26 registrars using the term “moral” in some manner,
> ranging from prohibiting use of the domain that is “contrary to” or
> “violates good morals”, or requiring that the domain or content found at
> the domain “must comply with…social public morals” or “good morals”, to
> the most frequently found restriction of domain name use in “morally
> objectionable activities”. *
> via.hypothes.is/http://www.internetgovernance.org/
> wordpress/wp-content/uploads/AmoralReg-PAPER-final.pdf
> Might be of interest.

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