VIDEO: CENTR explains the role of the DNS in tackling illegal content online

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CENTR have published an informative video explaining the role of the domain name system (DNS) in tackling illegal content online. Explaining the reasoning for the video, CENTR says due to increased legislative interest in this topic, the need for comprehensive educational material outlining the role and technical capabilities of the DNS, ccTLDs and their role in the internet ecosystem is greater than ever.

Earlier this year to address this, CENTR published an issues paper, Domain name registries and online content, which is a cornerstone document in explaining the role and limitations of registries. In order to make this important document even more accessible CENTR decided to transform the paper into a four-minute animated video.

CENTR: ccTLDs and online content explained

The video complements CENTR’s policy work, namely in the context of the upcoming Digital Services Act, and the related public consultation which CENTR commented on recently. CENTR members ask EU policymakers to adequately take into consideration the technical role and the importance of ccTLDs in maintaining an essential service for the functioning of the internet.

“Any measures taken at the internet infrastructure level in relation to the availability of online content need to be necessary, proportionate and based on an appropriate legal basis,” said CENTR’s Policy Advisor, Polina Malaja. “This is due to the fact that the deeper one goes into the infrastructure stack to address online content, the greater the risks for collateral unwanted consequences on affected individuals and legitimate services.”

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