Examples of government servers not owned by the government?

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  • #72638

    Ari Herzog

    I recently heard rumors that just because a website ends in .gov, the server is not necessarily owned by the government.

    Can you provide any examples of this, e.g. government website URL and/or the company controlling it if you know?


  • #72650

    Jim Lootens-White

    Many .gov web sites use Akamai or other caching services/accelerators. Nasa.gov, whitehouse.gov, data.gov and many more. There are lots of ways to architect this – but the actual .gov server may not be visible to the Internet, just the service.

    host http://www.whitehouse.gov
    http://www.whitehouse.gov is an alias for http://www.whitehouse.gov.edgekey.net

  • #72648

    Teri Centner

    I’m wondering if that’s considered sensitive… Hmm…

  • #72646

    Ari Herzog

    I figured whitehouse.gov was an alias–but for something at GSA, not Akamai.

  • #72644

    Jim Lootens-White


    The fact that agencies use a service like Akamai is not sensitive information. Anyone with an Internet connection can determine that. Specifics about how they architect their solution could be considered sensitive. But in general, these services provide an extra layer of protection to government web servers and data.

  • #72642

    Jim Lootens-White

    Looks like acquiring these services could get even easier for .gov sites:
    GSA to offer contracts in the areas of cloud computing, transparency

  • #72640

    David K. Shepherd

    Not certain anymore (used to run these as a fed), but IRS.gov was contracted out back ~2002. I think CSC won the contract.

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