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Wikileaks Calls for Boycott of Domain Registrar eNom

Edward Falk

In the aftermath of the shutdown of Wikileaks.org by a court order issued at the request of Swiss Bank Julius Baer, Wikileaks has called for the boycott of registrar eNom.

eNom is best known as the domain registrar that complied with the federal government's order to shut down a Spanish travel agency because it did business with Cuba — the agency was not under U.S. jurisdiction and so was hardly violating U.S. law, but their domain was registered in the United States, and that was good enough for the feds.

Although eNom's culpability in that incident is doubtful, since they were probably under orders from the federal government, their involvement in the shutdown of Wikileaks.info was not so innocent.

In a nutshell, bank Julius Baer was able to get a court order shutting down Wikileaks.org, but not wikileaks.info, which was a mirror site not mentioned in the TRO. However, learning of the court order against wikileaks.org, eNom apparently took it upon themselves to shutdown wikileaks.info as well — without a court order of any kind.

Wikileaks made repeated requests — and then demands — to eNom asking them to identify who, if anybody, had told them to lock the wikileaks.info registration, and what claims had been made. When eNom failed to answer, Wikileaks issued their call to boycott. Wikileaks accuses eNom, and their parent company Domain Media, Inc. , of a pattern of censorship and other unethical practices that goes beyond the shutdowns of Wikileaks.info and the Spanish travel agency.

Related link: CNET: Survey: Are domain registrars free-speech friendly?

By Edward Falk, Computer professional. More blog posts from Edward Falk can also be read here.

Related topics: Censorship, DNS, Internet Governance

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Re: Wikileaks Calls for Boycott of Domain Registrar eNom John Berryhill  –  Mar 11, 2008 8:34 PM PDT

"not so innocent"

The order which issued in that case was vague and difficult to make sense of.  The name has been turned back on.

Is it at all possible for someone to make an error in good faith without being viciously slammed?

The Wikileaks people go after a band with whom some Enom employee is connected.  Do you really think that all of the people personally named on that page got together and said "hey, let's screw Wikileaks"?

You really believe that?

IMHO, what Wikileaks is doing in general is a pretty nifty idea.  However, they are every bit the disproportionately vindictive a-holes as the plaintiff in the case.

Just what the world needs - more people making inflated self-righteous accusations in the belief that two wrongs make a right.

Re: Wikileaks Calls for Boycott of Domain Registrar eNom Dave Zan  –  Mar 12, 2008 11:54 PM PDT

Wikileaks made repeated requests—and then demands—to eNom asking them to identify who, if anybody, had told them to lock the wikileaks.info registration, and what claims had been made. When eNom failed to answer, Wikileaks issued their call to boycott.

Ms. Radocha's email to Wikileaks answered such:

On February 28th, 2008, the WIKILEAKS.INFO domain was placed on registrar hold in
compliance with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). This TRO required eNom,
Inc. to place the WIKILEAKS.INFO domain on registrar hold due to certain "JB
Property" that appeared on the http://www.wikileaks.info website. This TRO was
issued by the Honorable Jeffery S. White of the United States District Court for
the Northern District of California (Case No. CV08-0824 JSW).

Seems like eNom subsequently received a copy of the judge's amended amended order and restored the .info.

If Wikileaks is thinking of moving their registrations to, say, Canada, they'd better make sure it doesn't post details of a pending criminal prosecution as John mentioned somewhere.

Re: Wikileaks Calls for Boycott of Domain Registrar eNom John Berryhill  –  Mar 13, 2008 9:35 AM PDT

Seems like eNom subsequently received a copy of the judge’s amended amended order and restored the .info.

That's what it looks like.  So now Wikileaks posts the myspace page of some Enom employee who had no decision making authority in the matter, apparently so that people can pee on a totally unrelated hobby of hers?

So much for the moral high ground.  These people are abusive jerks.

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