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A Chilling Effects for Domain Name Seizures

Domain seizures used to be a rare occurrence, but US law enforcement has become adept at exploiting a quirk in the Internet’s governance structure that allows them to seize domain names without due process.  The rate has been increasing exponentially with a total of 87 in 2010, 350 in 2011,  758 in mid-2012, to 1,700 in mid-2013.  Last month, nearly 5,000 domains were seized via a single court order.  We desperately need to start tracking DNS based chilling effects on free speech rights. (more…)

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