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Dictators, Libya, and the Unreliable Internet

Mar 01, 2011, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Strom)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"I am sure there is a story why the University of Oregon is a name server for Libya (and I am sure that someone seeing this will post a reason why). This is just one of many such instances where seemingly random places and people house servers in the greater good of the overall Internet. Poking around the IANA name directory I found psg.com as the name server for a few country domains, whoever they are.

"What this little exercise brings up is how dependent we are on the kindness of others when it comes to the Internet. In the case of using Bit.ly, or Facebook, or LinkedIn, or even Twitter to promote our content or provide links to our own servers, we think we know whom we are dealing with. But we still trust these businesses to act responsively and stay in business. Look at how many times Twitter's Fail Whale appears, and there have been plenty of outages with other sites."

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