It would be great if someone would make a free, open-source plug-in for all the common browsers to do this. It would have to work seamlessly, i.e. it would have to be automatic, and work so non-technical people wouldn't have to jump through any hoops to use it. And it would have to become common. The more people using it, the more value it would have in case of any censorship blackouts.
If enough people had this plug-in, it would prevent vested interests from corrupting the "bottom up, consensus driven, democratic manner" in which ICANN is supposed to operate.
I'm not a programmer, but it seems like this would be pretty easy for any good programmer to do in an afternoon.
What I'd love to have a programmer do is write a plug-in for Firefox (and maybe other browsers) that would automatically bookmark the I.P. address of websties, not just the URL, when you bookmark one. So if DNS were ever blocked, you could still get to your favorite sites.
It would have to work very easily (for non-tech folks, it would have to just work without them knowing much about anything) and automatically.
Suggested name for the plugin: "CensorFree" The basic idea is that if the gov (or hackers, or anyone) blocks the ICANN DNS records, people will still be able to get to their favorite sites.
An issue that would have to be dealt with is how would it resolve shared I.P. servers. For instance, DreamHost is who I use, and all my domains on there share I.P.s with a bunch of other domains, using zone files or something.
Anyway, let me know if you get this working. I'll help promote it.
Michael W. Dean
–Must be easy to use for non-techies, and work for Windows and/or Mac, not just Linux
–It would bookmark I.P.s of sites you already have bookmarked, and new ones you bookmark after installing it.
–Would automatically try the I.P. bookmark when the URL bookmark doesn't work.
–Would be able to toggle manually from URL to I.P. (for testing, as well as use).
–Would be able to import lists from others (for use in countries where you currently cannot get to some sites already).
–Would be able to allow for manually entering an I.P./URL combination (for use in countries where you currently cannot get to some sites already).
Michael W. Dean