[unisog] Problems with EDU.COM domain
dittrich at u.washington.edu
Thu Mar 30 20:40:18 GMT 2006
Jeffrey Altman wrote:
> Conor McGrath wrote:
>> Vantage Media registered the edu.com domain and then realized that lots
>> of folks were hitting xxx.edu.com when they really wanted xxx.edu.
>> Rather than have these folks get 404 errors Vantage felt it would be
>> more helpful to show the pages that point to specific information about
>> the institution the user was really trying to find.
> Several points/questions:
> (1) Why did Vantage Media register this domain in the first place?
> There must have been some commercial interest or they would not have
> done so.
If you fill in bogus info at the main page, it takes you to a page that
lists a bunch of "at home" institutions that will give you a degree in
the category you selected. The default is "business", which brings up
Kaplan University, Colorado Technical University Online, DeVry
University Online, Florida Metropolitan University, and Westwood College.
> (2) If Vantage Media was truly concerned about users not reaching
> www.columbia.edu when they went to the page www.columbia.edu.com
> then all they had to do was provide a redirect to the
> www.columbia.edu page. Why bother setting up on infrastructure
> to collect personal information and then need to setup the necessary
> liaison relationships with the admission offices? What admission
> office in their right mind would accept personal data about
> prospective students from an untrusted third party in the first
To make money off referrals?
> If Vantage Media wants to do the correct thing, they will transfer
> ownership of the .edu.com domain to EDUCAUSE immediately. Otherwise, I
> suspect they will be hearing from a number of lawyers.
Boy, wouldn't a class action lawsuit be fun right now? ;)
Dave Dittrich Information Assurance Researcher,
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