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Re: [GMG-Devel] OpenNIC domain for mediagoblin website

From: Christopher Allan Webber
Subject: Re: [GMG-Devel] OpenNIC domain for mediagoblin website
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:17:34 -0500
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address@hidden writes:

> Hello,
> I'm not a MediaGoblin developer or contributor, but I like the spirit
> of the project and I'd like to suggest a tiny administrative addition
> which can make a big difference.
> You probably know the common DNS providers most people use are
> centralized and give few greedy organizations full ownership of
> domains. It always costs money, sometimes thousands of dollars. Even
> then you just rent, not buy the domain. DNS requests can be tracked and
> monitored, and people's internet access can be censored. The users
> can't make any decisions, suggest new domains, control whether the DNS
> servers do any logging, etc.
> Solution: Democratic DNS controlled by its users, without corporate
> intervention! It already exists:
> <>
> I personally use it as a user of the internet. It provides access to
> both OpenNIC domains and to the centralized ICANN domains - com, org,
> net and so on. I also use it as a website admin. My website has no
> centralized DNS domain - just an OpenNIC one.
> Since you already have such a domain,, you can very
> easily create a new OpenNIC domain in addition, so OpenNIC users can
> reach you without DNS tracking and be free as in freedom. The
> registration process is very simple.
> It would also help a lot to spread the use of OpenNIC of course,
> especially if you write a news/blog entry about it or announce it
> officially somehow!
> Maintenance is minimal: Whenever your IP address changes, you'd need to
> update your OpenNIC account in addition to the .org domain. That's all.
> Otherwise it just works. There is no limited rent time (unless you
> want), no fees to pay... you donate if you want, as much as you want.
> What do you think?
> -- fr33domlover
> P.S. their website doesn't have instructions for using OpenNIC as a
> user in case you use the NetworkManager applet, which is probably the
> case if you use GNOME or XFCE - but I sent them instructions to post.
> You technical people would easily figure it out in seconds, but here
> are the instructions anyway. There are guides on the website which may
> be more relevant to you, depending on the OS/distro you use.
> But this works for me and should work for GNOME/XFCE desktop users:
> If you don't use OpenNIC yet:
> <>
> If you do use it:
> <http://www.partager.null/tools/systems/user-guides/opennic/>

Hi fr33domlover,

I don't know much about OpenNIC but I've certainly heard plenty about
it.  I'll look into it... but it's one of many things tacked onto my
queue to look into at this point :)

 - Chris

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