"Which DNS registrar should I use?"
I was recently asked which domain name registrar to use to be "most secure." I asked for clarification on what "secure" meant, and this is what I was told:
I think my hypothetical threat model was: registrar with casual feelings for free speech/privacy -> state actor from the same country as the registrar is located in -> registrar cooperates and shuts down or redirects the domain
In response, I said:
All of DNS name registration is vulnerable to that. You exist online solely at the pleasure of the root name servers, always have. You can run an alternate DNS root if you want but few if any people will be able to find you. You can try Namecoin or another non-DNS system, but again, the canonical Internet will be unaware of you. You can run an Onion service but again, you rely on Tor2Web proxies to make yourself visible to the masses. The important point you need to understand is that the mechanisms for controlling the masses are complete and effective and you do not have options or freedom when using those systems, period. So it doesn't matter what registrar you use.
That said, short of getting serious about actually destroying capitalism, and killing capitalists, my advice to you for today is to run an Onion service as a backup so you have a consistent "domain name" when/if your traditional name registration gets revoked.
friends, please critique my response? Do you have any conflicting advice? I'm just curious.