Friday, December 02, 2005

ICANN cans .XXX

Can anyone explain to me the problem with a ".xxx" domain suffix? I really don't get what all the backlash is about. If this were instituted, there would be a virtual "Red Light District" online -- in one place and easily monitored. Protecting children from porn sites would be a trivial endeavour. That way little Johnny won't go to www.zelda.com in search of help on the latest Nintendo title, only to find a lesbian spank inferno.

The absolute only problem I can see is that these people don't want to allow this because it would be -- in some holy mystical bass-ackwards sense -- sanctioning porn on the internet. As if acknowledging it and giving its own little home in which to play freely is giving an endorsement of sorts. Or perhaps they don't want to believe it exists. Who knows. It's like when Catholic Colleges don't provide condoms in the health center because 'sex doesn't happen on campus.' How institutions can be so naive I don't know.

I do know one thing. There is porn on the internet, and it isn't going away anytime soon. Way to go ICANN!

It is only Brazil and the US administration that remain opposed to the domain.

More likely is that the US government intervened but is desperate to avoid being seen to do so because of the ongoing Internet governance conflict, where the US government retains unilateral control of the Internet but claims never to use apply it."


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