A suggestion to help Wikileaks

Posted on December 3, 2010

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I’ll be honest, when it comes to IT stuff, I’m like the hairy hominid holding a femur in one hand and staring vacuously at the monolith.  A friend of mine, whose devoted his whole life to democratic and open source internet access and usage suggests the following:

Unlike most aspects of the Internet, the domain name system is hierarchical. There is pyramid – with a limited number of Domain name registrars (just “over 500” according to Wikipedia) that control all the domain names in the world. When you type a domain name, like wikileaks.org, into your web browser, that domain name must be translated into an IP address that is used to route your request to the correct server. The 500 or so registrars control this process.

So what can you do?

Wikleaks responed by registering wikileaks.ch (woops! shutdown as well), wikileaks.de, wikileaks.fi, and wikileaks.nl.

That’s a good start. But what if there were more? Here’s an idea. What if everyone who controlled a domain name volunteered a subdomain for wikileaks? For example: wikileaks.mayfirst.org. Just create an A record that points to the IP address 88.80.13.160.

If wikileaks has to change providers (and therefor their IP address again), our subdomain won’t work until we update it. On the other hand, seems like a good way for us all to really pitch in and share the risk that the folks at Wikileaks are taking all by themselves. And, if the IP address changes, wikileaks only needs to leave behind a simple page on the old IP with a redirect to the new one.

Any takers?

Here’s the link to Jamie’s blog. You’ll find his email address on the “bio” tab there, in case you have any questions or want to share ideas.

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