Sorry I haven’t tweeted much lately

February 24, 2011

….he is using .ly – a Libyan domain:…..AlQaeda:…. Been busy drugging & arming Libyans.  …..Text msg’s received thru-out Tripoli of fatwa against watching Al Jazeera… …The author of a satirical Twitter feed, pretending to be Osama bin Laden,  apologized to readers for not posting many recent updates,  explaining: “been busy drugging and arming Libyans.” http://usat.ly/fDwGj7
Thu Feb 24 16:25:08
via thelede.blogs.nytimes.com


Libyan (Sharia) Legal Issue Takes Down .ly URL-Shortener – is Bit.ly Next?

October 6, 2010

What was once “the Internet’s first and only sex-positive URL shortener” is no more, thanks to a conflict with Libyan law.
The Vb.ly service combined the initials of blogger and sex columnist Violet Blue and the .ly country-specific Internet domain associated with Libya. The combination didn’t work out, an outcome with potential implications for bit.ly, those use use it, and address-shortening services in general.
“Pornography and adult material aren’t allowed under Libyan Law, therefore we removed the domain,” Alaeddin S. ElSharif, a representative of Libya Telecom and Technology’s Web services Department, told Violet Blue in  explaining the shutdown of the site and service.
….Ben Metcalfe, co-owner of the site, said Wednesday the demise of Vb.ly has implications for others using the domain.
“We eventually discovered that the domain has been seized because the content of our Web site, in their opinion, fell outside of Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law,” Metcalfe said in a blog post. “This is deeply concerning for everyone, but especially .ly domain owners, because it sets a precedent that all websites running on a .ly domain must comply with Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law in order to maintain their domains. This is especially concerning for anyone running an URL shortener or hosting user-generated content on a .ly domain.”
The most obvious such organization is Bit.ly, whose URL-shortening service is widely used.
Metcalfe sees others as potentially affected, though–not just Bit.ly and its kind, but those who rely on its services as well.

the question now is will we actually go after the social media people who promoted this hypocrisy? Will we question people like Robert Scoble, Ayelet Noff, Jeff Pulver, Dave Winer, Shel Israel, Loren Feldman, and much of the Tech scene in Tel Aviv who scoffed at the dot LY plague? Will we now call them out and remember that Tech has a public relations crew… many inside of Israel who encouraged this dangerous use of information. Blogs like http://www.blonde2dot0.com and http://www.go2web20.net were the places that pushed these standards. Many Pro Zionist voices are afraid to chase away the very profitable Tech industry.


A Little Bit.ly Sharia? Tech Business Builds on Libya Domain « Creeping Sharia

November 27, 2009

Sorry I haven’t tweeted much lately…

 …he is using .ly – a Libyan domain. stupid


A Little Bit.ly Sharia? Tech Business Builds on Libya Domain

By creeping

In other words, as Gawker titled their story: Muammar Qaddafi More or Less Owns Your Links. Astute reporting below from a blog entitled Workbench:

The URL shortening service Bit.ly just secured $2 million in financing from investors including O’Reilly’s AlphaTech Ventures. Though URL shorteners have been around for years, Bit.ly believes there’s money in offering Twitter-friendly short links along with web analytics to track how the links are used. The company reports that its links were clicked 20 million times last month.
So far, the news coverage I’ve read about Bit.ly has neglected an unusual aspect of the startup: It’s one of the only prominent online ventures using a domain name in the .LY namespace, which is controlled by Libya.
There are two issues that arise from this relationship.
First, of course, is the appearance of an American company doing business with Libya, a country that the U.S. considered a state sponsor of terror from 1979 through 2006. On Dec. 21, 1988, Libyan intelligence agents planted a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 that blew up 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people onboard.
Bit.ly’s only doing a trivial amount of business with Libya — the domains sell for $75 per year from the registrar Libyan Spider Network — but its use of .LY domain is helping to popularize and legitimize the top-level domain for general use on the Internet. It’s only a matter of time before a reporter decides to ask the families of Lockerbie victims what they think of the arrangement. I can’t imagine that story going well for the company.
Even without that PR hit, there’s another potential concern for Bit.ly and any other venture that builds its business on an .LY domain. These domains are governed by Libyan law, as it states on the Libyan Spider Network site:

Any .LY domain names may be registered, except domains containing obscene and indecent names/phrases, including words of a sexual nature; furthermore domain names may not contain words/phrases or abbreviations insulting religion or politics, or be related to gambling and lottery industry or be contrary to Libyan law or Islamic morality.

So the names must conform to Islamic morality, and it’s possible that the use of the domains could fall under the same rules. What are the odds that some of those 20 million clicks on a Bit.ly-shortened URL end up at sites that would be considered blasphemous or otherwise offensive in an Islamic nation? Bit.ly conveniently provides search pages for such topics as Islam, sharia, gambling and sex, any of which contain links that could spark another controversy.
Bit.ly’s building a business atop a domain that could be taken away at any time, and the company’s only recourse would be to seek redress in the Libyan court system. Take a look at Section 11 of the regulations for .LY owners:

The Arabic language is the language of interpretation, correspondence and the construction of the Regulation or anything related to it. … In case of conflict between the Arabic and the English versions the Arabic version shall prevail.

I hope Bit.ly’s attorneys are brushing up on their Arabic. ~end

it gets to be burdensome because any twitter, facebook or friendfeed user is already catering to Libyan interests by defaulting url shortening to bit.ly. people were shocked when I said social media was biased against Israel. Would this not be the icing on the cake of an unethical culture?

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A Little Bit.ly Sharia? Tech Business Builds on Libya Domain « Creeping Sharia

November 27, 2009

A Little Bit.ly Sharia? Tech Business Builds on Libya Domain

By creeping

In other words, as Gawker titled their story: Muammar Qaddafi More or Less Owns Your Links. Astute reporting below from a blog entitled Workbench:

Bit.ly Builds Business on Libya Domain

The URL shortening service Bit.ly just secured $2 million in financing from investors including O’Reilly’s AlphaTech Ventures. Though URL shorteners have been around for years, Bit.ly believes there’s money in offering Twitter-friendly short links along with web analytics to track how the links are used. The company reports that its links were clicked 20 million times last month.

So far, the news coverage I’ve read about Bit.ly has neglected an unusual aspect of the startup: It’s one of the only prominent online ventures using a domain name in the .LY namespace, which is controlled by Libya.

There are two issues that arise from this relationship.

First, of course, is the appearance of an American company doing business with Libya, a country that the U.S. considered a state sponsor of terror from 1979 through 2006. On Dec. 21, 1988, Libyan intelligence agents planted a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 that blew up 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people onboard.

Bit.ly’s only doing a trivial amount of business with Libya — the domains sell for $75 per year from the registrar Libyan Spider Network — but its use of .LY domain is helping to popularize and legitimize the top-level domain for general use on the Internet. It’s only a matter of time before a reporter decides to ask the families of Lockerbie victims what they think of the arrangement. I can’t imagine that story going well for the company.

Even without that PR hit, there’s another potential concern for Bit.ly and any other venture that builds its business on an .LY domain. These domains are governed by Libyan law, as it states on the Libyan Spider Network site:

Any .LY domain names may be registered, except domains containing obscene and indecent names/phrases, including words of a sexual nature; furthermore domain names may not contain words/phrases or abbreviations insulting religion or politics, or be related to gambling and lottery industry or be contrary to Libyan law or Islamic morality.

So the names must conform to Islamic morality, and it’s possible that the use of the domains could fall under the same rules. What are the odds that some of those 20 million clicks on a Bit.ly-shortened URL end up at sites that would be considered blasphemous or otherwise offensive in an Islamic nation? Bit.ly conveniently provides search pages for such topics as Islam, sharia, gambling and sex, any of which contain links that could spark another controversy.

Bit.ly’s building a business atop a domain that could be taken away at any time, and the company’s only recourse would be to seek redress in the Libyan court system. Take a look at Section 11 of the regulations for .LY owners:

The Arabic language is the language of interpretation, correspondence and the construction of the Regulation or anything related to it. … In case of conflict between the Arabic and the English versions the Arabic version shall prevail.

I hope Bit.ly’s attorneys are brushing up on their Arabic. ~end

it gets to be burdensome because any twitter, facebook or friendfeed user is already catering to Libyan interests by defaulting url shortening to bit.ly. people were shocked when I said social media was biased against Israel. Would this not be the icing on the cake of an unethical culture?