It is happening: domain-level censorship

Fred Elbel

This is required reading in these Marxist times.

I honestly thought this would never happen, but domain-level
censorship has begun.

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Internet overview
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When someone has a website, blog, or other presence on the internet,
there are three components to that presence:

1. The domain name registration. The domain name is registered
(leased, really) for up to 10 years. The registration is renewable.

2. Website or blog hosting. This is where the site is hosted with a
hosting company on one of their servers that is connected to the internet.

3. DNS. When someone enters a URL in their browser – for example,
VDare.com – it gets translated to the IP address of the server where
the website is hosted. This is done behind the scenes via the Domain
Name System (DNS). This process lets users use descriptive names for
websites instead of IP addresses, which are actually used to route
internet traffic. You could actually type in the IP address in your
browser’s URL bar, but you don’t have to because of the design of the
internet.

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Internet censorship
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Internet censorship comes in multiple variations:

1. Search engine penalties. Search engine giants, such as Google,
push website pages down in search engine results. So, using VDare as
an example, again, if someone searches for “birthright citizenship”,
it is likely that VDare pages on the topic will be returned near the
top of search engine results. However, if the site is penalized,
those pages will be pushed down in search engine results – say, to page 10.

Solution: none.

2. Demonitization. Paypal and other entities may refuse to process
payments for a site. Google may eliminate ads related to the site.

Solution: there currently are a number of payment processors that
have not yet refused to censor clients.

3. Deplatforming. The hosting company may decide to terminate the
hosting agreement.

Solution: move to a different hosting company. Note: there are very
few independent hosting companies left; most are owned by
conglomerates. inMotion is an independent hosting company.

4. Domain-level censorship. The domain registrar may decide to cancel
domain name registrant. This is the most serious and egregious form
of censorship and has just begun.

Solution 1: move the domain name to a different registrar, such as
NameCheap. But if all registrars will not register the domain name,
the internet presence disappears from the normal internet.

Solution 2: move the site to the dark web and use the TOR (The Onion
Router) browser to access it. The Brave browser also has TOR capability.

Brave Browser vs Tor: Which Is More Secure and Private
https://www.guidingtech.com/brave-browser-vs-tor-secure-private-comparison/

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VDare.com censored at domain level
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The domain registrar Network Solutions is censoring VDare.com. The
following article describes what has occurred, and describes how to
access the site if the domain name disappears within a few days. For
those of you who read VDare, even infrequently, you need to read and
follow the instructions in the following article.

Network Solutions Driving VDARE.com to the Dark Web?
https://vdare.com/posts/breaking-network-solutions-driving-vdare-com-to-the-dark-web

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