Congrats, US Government: You're Scaring Web Businesses Into Moving Out Of The US

from the destroying-business dept

The federal government has been paying lip service to the idea that it wants to encourage new businesses and startups in the US. And this is truly important to the economy, as studies have shown that almost all of the net job growth in this country is coming from internet startups. Thankfully some politicians recognize this, but the federal government seems to be going in the other direction. With the JotForm situation unfolding, where the US government shut down an entire website with no notice or explanation, people are beginning to recognize that the US is not safe for internet startups.

Lots of folks have been passing around this rather reasonable list of activities for US-based websites:
Today's sysadmin todo list:

0. Get corporate membership with EFF.

1. Identify all applications with user-generated content.

2. Move all associated domains to a non-US based registrar.

3. Migrate DNS, web serving and other critical services to non-US based servers.

4. Migrate yourself to a non-US controlled country.

I'm sorry for US sites and users. Your government is hell-bent on turning the internet into a read-only device like TV, easily regulated and controlled. The population will be required to sit quietly and keep their eyes glued on the screen so they don't miss the ads, with any infringers deemed terrorists and pedophiles and thus deserving of summary punishment by DHS squads.

Hopefully the internet will route around the damaged segment, and the rest of us can continue to enjoy the amazing interactivity it has brought our society.
What's amazing is the "what's the big deal?" attitude the government has taken to all of this. For most of us, this situation is shocking. The US government should never be able to flat out shut down a business with no notice or explanation, only to say "sorry" a couple days later. It's done this in the past and insisted that it would be more careful in the future. So far, it doesn't appear to be living up to that promise. While these may be "mistakes," the wider impact should be frightening to federal officials. They're now actively scaring startups away from US businesses at a time when they should be doing exactly the opposite.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Feb 2012 @ 12:34pm

    What's really ironic about this whole situation is that the US government created the Internet, and now it wants to destroy it in the name of Hollywood and the RIAA and copyright infringement.

    The US government created the Internet for national security, so that lines of communication throughout the country could survive even a Soviet Nuclear attack.

    This isn't the first time the US created it's own enemies. The US government also helped out Osama Bin Laden by giving him weapons decades ago! And I believe Saddam as well, back when they were fighting the Soviet Union instead of us. We all know how well that turned out, even if we did kill them both in the end.

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