28 Nov '11, 6pm

Politics and Disposable Domain Names

Politics and Disposable Domain Names

With the news not too long ago that Republican Jack Abramoff is fighting to get control of jackabramoff.com from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, I thought I’d take a look at the always tricky subject of domain names used in politics. Abramoff is just the latest in a long line of people in political circles to have risked embarrassment by not registering their names in .com. Registering the name of a political opponent – or somebody you simply disagree with – to criticize them online is a common tactic during election cycles. To name just one example, when former eBay CEO Meg Whitman ran for governor of California in 2010, she found she had to fight for megwhitmanforgovernor.com and a handful of other relevant domains, which had been registered by somebody else, using the UDRP. And she lost ! Because the UDRP is especially unpredictable when it comes to per...

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