Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Iraqi.independence.net

Yes, while we were having our little election, power was handed over from the coalition to the interim Iraqi government. Ah! Peace at last...

But do the Iraqis really have true independence? Or are their resources being controlled by a company out of Texas?

No, no... I'm not talking about oil and Halliburton. I'm talking about the Internet and InfoCom. This is London reports:
Iraq wants to regain control of the internet domain name .iq and the government has officially asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) for the name.

Unfortunately, the domain is currently owned by the Texas-based company InfoCom and, to make matters even worse, its owners are being investigated for allegedly funding the hardline Palestinian group Hamas.

The news means that it could be years before Iraq can get back control of the iq name, news that causes symbolic and commercial problems for some Iraqis.
I find this story fascinating. This ain't your 1920s nation-building exercise, ladies and gentlemen. National identity is based on much more than a physical slice of land.

More on the .iq suffix from Wired.

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