Predictions

by Mike Masnick




And What Happens After .xxx?

from the herding-the-other-porn-sites-into-the-porn-district? dept

Now that ICANN is considering another bunch of top level domains, the questions and concerns over the ".xxx" domain are on the way back. Last time, when ICANN approved other TLDs like .biz and .info, .xxx just barely missed making the cut. It actually sparked some outrage from certain politicians who favored the domain as a way to give porn sites an address that can easily be blocked. Now, Declan McCullough is looking at the .xxx proposal and potential political problems it may cause. The guy pushing to run .xxx believes (probably accurately) that he'll make a tremendous amount of money doing so. However, one thing he doesn't want to do is to force all porn sites to use a .xxx domain. Even thought it could make him wealthier, he is actively speaking out against anyone who suggests that idea. Some politicians, though, are drooling over the opportunity to cordon off all porn sites into an .xxx area. While I also think the domain should be approved, and that it would be beneficial for most porn sites to use that TLD (knowing that any visitors actually are interested in porn, rather than tricking people into visiting your site - and pissing off those who don't want to view porn), forcing porn sites into using .xxx would be a very bad move. Already, almost no two people can agree on what exactly "porn" is. This has always been a problem on the internet - and many online filtering/blocking companies have already run into problems for blocking sites on safe sex or breast cancer for being "porn" sites. Who determines whether or not these sites need to move to .xxx? It's a subjective thing, and that's where forcing sites into a certain area becomes very difficult to manage.

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    Nathan Zwillich, 12 Aug 2007 @ 3:51pm

    Good grief....

    Aside from the nonsensical above remark. I think that creating the .xxx domain is fine. But it should be kept TOTALLY OPTIONAL as someone247356 said on Mar 23rd, 2004 @ 8:03am.

    My MAIN problem with this is that yet again it's 'to protect the kidz'...
    Great...

    Yeah, sure, if your kid is under 12 monitor them if you wish. But a lot of this "protecting minors" junk is just because parents are afraid their teenagers will masturbate to online porn and will happen.

    Which just isn't so. I'm gonna guess 99% of the reasoning for a .xxx domain is based on "Oh no my kid could look at porn!". Aside from that idiocy, I agree with some of the above posters that a .xxx domain COULD VERY WELL give businesses one more domain to worry about and have to 'take over' before some Junkie starts crack cocaine at discount prices in the name of a major conglomerate already enmeshed in some legal battle with the enraged populace or whatever.
    I.e. Microsoft :-)))

    My final statement.
    .xxx yeah fine. Whatever. But keep it optional, and parents...if you're SO worried about your kid/teen/whatever intentionally or unintentionally viewing or stumbling over porn then just install an internet block. Of course any smart kid can get around those. But if you're so worried, then why can't you dedicate that time and effort to constantly monitor your kids?. Instead of trying to control the internet itself.

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