Internet censorship has become a hot topic recently, and a lot of attention is paid to the role of internet service providers. However, not nearly as much attention is paid to domain companies and cloud storage companies. Take down requests for websites are frequently delivered to registrars like Godaddy and Google Domains. These companies are custodians of your domain – you don’t control it. If they get a court order, they take it away. Similarly, if a cloud storage provider like Amazon received such a request, your website would be taken down quickly. Even without a court order, posting a controversial website could get you kicked off by a registrar or storage provider, effectively silencing you.
Enter blockchain domains
A blockchain domain lives on a blockchain, instead of the centralized system that regular DNS uses. A blockchain domain is stored inside of your wallet just like a cryptocurrency. The domain is part of a registry, a smart contract launched on a blockchain. A blockchain domain extension is similar to a .com or a .info, except that domains can’t be censored and they also work for receiving payments.
Why are blockchain domains better?
- Uncensorable – For the first time ever, you could build a website that only you can take down. If you stored content on a network like IPFS, and your domain in your wallet, then no court order could remove your website. To visit your website, I would just need a browser extension.
- Payments – Replace crypto addresses with an easy to remember domain. Attach all addresses – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, etc. to one domain. When I type yourname.zil into a wallet, I can select from a list of currencies you accept, and pay you. Not only do I not need to know your long public key address, but I also don’t even need to know which currencies you accept.
- Other new features
- Renewals – Blockchain domains have no centralized approvers that charge fees for ongoing maintenance. You pay 1 time for your blockchain…