ISNIC Looking at Options After Neo-Nazis Register .IS Domain Name

ISNIC logoThe alt-right neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, is back online using a .is domain name, the ccTLD for Iceland. But the .is registry, ISNIC, doesn’t appear too happy with a report saying they’re looking into their options as to how to deal with the issue.

“What we are doing right now, in this particular situation, is we are writing to the National Police,” ISNIC CEO Jens Pétur Jensen told Icelandic English news site Grapevine. “We are asking them if or how we should respond and asking them for guidance.”

“One of the reasons why this matters is because Iceland does have hate speech laws; specifically, Article 233(a) of the Icelandic Penal Code specifically forbids the dissemination of speech that in ‘a ridiculing, slanderous, insulting, threatening or any other manner’ targets an individual or groups based, amongst other things, on their race or religion,” reported Grapevine.

“Jens emphasises that this is a delicate situation with serious implications. He says though that ISNIC has received some complaints about DailyStormer, and he therefore feels compelled to respond.”

“What we worry about is the reputation of the .is domain,” Jensen said. “Of course ISNIC does not want to have the reputation that we’re a safe haven for criminals. That’s something we’re constantly looking into.”

For now ISNIC has asked the registrant Andrew Anglin “to correct his registration, by providing proof of his identity in the form of legal documents. He has one week to do this, otherwise the domain will be closed.”

“He has to provide ISNIC with legal documents of his being,” Jensen says. “This is something all registries can do, but it has nothing to do with the content. It only has to do with the registration itself. If [Anglin] doesn’t reveal himself and prove his being, we will close his access to the domain. After two weeks, the domain itself will be moved from the DNS that is hosting it now onto the ISNIC’s parking site. It will be unable to connect to any DNS server whatsoever, and it will automatically expire. We wouldn’t be taking the domain from him; we would just not enable him to renew it.”

The Daily Stormer has been booted by a few ccTLDs and registrars following the horrendous events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and an article was published on the site attacking Heather Heyer, the anti-racism activist that was killed Saturday while demonstrating against the “alt-right” white nationalist movement.

The alt-right white nationalist group was first booted by registrars GoDaddy and then Google who deleted their .com domain names. They then briefly tried a .ru (Russia) and then .at (Austria) domains, both of which were quickly deleted. According to a BBC report, they were also booted from Albania’s ccTLD, .al and set up on the “dark web”.

“Iceland has some of the world’s most stringent free speech protection and privacy laws, a point stressed by one of the latest stories on The Daily Stormer site,” the BBC reported.

Currently the site is being hosted in Wyoming, USA, by a company called BitMitigate, through the ISP FranTech Solutions according to Grapevine, not as previously reported in Iceland.