There are a lot of things that we want to do with this site.
If you're technical and willing to help with something, let us know!
The current wish-list (in no particular order):
- DNS:BL: Implement a DNS blacklist server that other servers can query in real-time. Most DNS:BL servers are used to stop spam. but not ours! We want web sites to identify government and related users who access their servers. (Neal has this mostly done; he just needs to create an anti-abuse component.)
- WordPress Plugin: Lots of smaller web sites use WordPress. Let's provide a WordPress plugin that makes it easy to (1) download the list once a week, (2) slow down, display ads, or redirect any network addresses that match an address in the range. (If we deploy the DNS:BL server first, then let them consult with the DNS:BL server!)
- iptables: Need a script to help users add this list to iptables for throttling, tarpitting, or redirection.
- Code Samples: Provide sample code for parsing the file in PHP, Python, and other languages.
- More Addresses: The current list of addresses is incomplete. Most of the US Government uses network addresses assigned to USG. However, some do not. The FCC, for example, uses addresses provided by AT&T and Qwest. If you know other subnet ranges that are assigned to USG, GSE, or FFRDC groups, let us know! And if you have some kind of automated way to identify them, then that's even better!
- Other Countries: The USA isn't the only country with laws that give preferential treatment to big businesses over consumers. Let's add other countries into the list.
- Congressional Contacts: Let's add links so that it is easier for people to contact their Senators and Representatives. Ideally, we want a field that identifies their stance on net neutrality.
- Other Sites: There are other sites that are also helping to promote net neutrality. Let's find them and link to them!
- News: Wouldn't it be great to have a newsfeed for issues related to net neutrality? This could become an RSS feed, Twitter stream, podcast, etc. If there's an abuse related to a lack of net neutrality, then let's let the world know.
- Clean-up: The current list includes some overlap. For example, MaxMind says that "184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11" is the Navy Network Information Center and "18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124" is the DoD Network Information Center, but WHOIS says that the overall range "126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52" is operated by "Headquarters, USAISC". In all cases, it is a USG subnet. However, we're not sure if these ranges should overlap.
- Dive Deep: The current list excludes some overlap. For example, Federal Prison Industries (aka UNICOR) is a GSE. It uses network addresses associated with the US Department of Justice. We should go through the various subnets and identify each specific assignee.
- Whitelist? Should some government subnets be excluded from this listing? For example, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a GSE and the National Science Foundation is USG. They provide educational resources. We're all for supporting education, so perhaps they should be permitted.
- States: Should state governments also be included in this list? For example, each state has a public service commission that authorizes which monopolies are allowed. If you want to know why your state or region only has one high-speed ISP, ask your public service commission. This also means that each state also has the ability to require net neutrality.
A lot of people do not like the current net neutrality situation. If you don't know what to do and are willing to help, we're open to volunteers.