So, Wait, Is .xxx Good Or Bad For Kids?

from the you've-got-us-all-mixed-up-now dept

It would appear that we now have two different groups of politicians, both of whom are trying to appear more "protective of our children" tossing around a political football concerning the .xxx top-level domain. Back in December, the US administration stepped in and pressured ICANN not to approve .xxx for adult sites, after conservative and religious groups protested such a red-light district online as "legitimizing" such content -- and, of course, this was bad for the cause of "protecting our children." Meanwhile, earlier this month, some US Senators started pushing a bill that would force the creation of such a domain and require all adult content sites to reside there. Again, this was put forth as a way of "protecting our children." So, for those of you who expect the government to parent your children for you, .xxx is either the best thing or the worst thing for protecting your kids. Meanwhile, ICANN, who is supposed to be making this decision on its own and who is also supposed to be separate from the US government, had planned to meet on this again this week, with approval of .xxx expected. Except... US officials have again stepped in to force ICANN to hold off, thus showing that ICANN doesn't seem to have quite the independence it claims to have. As the discussion on this continues, expect to hear over and over again the importance of protecting our children -- but who protects our children from ridiculous political battles?

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    glenn, 29 Mar 2006 @ 3:56pm


    If the ICANN put all adult content on a .xxx domain. It would make it simple to protect children. Just block *.xxx... The fear of legitimising an online red light district is just silly. There are already more porn sites then you could shake a stick at. Without hard numbers i would be willing to say that the amount of pornographic material accounts for more server space then non-pornographic material.

    That leaves us with two choices continue allowing confusing redirects to slap it in our face. Or separate it so you know what your getting into before hand. Like it or hate it "adult" content is a very profitable business and as long as it remains that way we will see more porn not less.

    As for the adult sires hosted in foreign country's debate. 90% of the Internet is hosted from servers located in the USA. its not a we're better then you thing its a we invented it thing. So enforcing the move would be rather simple. The ICANN could also wrap some sort of PKI or global account information verify you were in fact 18. Making it simpler for responsible adults to browse such content while still quarantine it from those not yet ready for it. I am a child of the net... I grew up with it... When i was 10 i was watching MTV and trading dirty pics, but by the time i was 13 i had mastered it and knew how to manipulate the net to get all the porn i wanted. In hind site this wasn't cool, and I wasn't old enough for what i encountered. Quite frankly I'm still not old enough for some of the stuff out there. We need to realise its not all BJ and dumb blonde's. There is some seriously messed up stuff out there. Stuff that makes me sick to my stomach.

    I CRINGE at the thought of a kid having to face that stuff!

    my 2 cents...

    August, GA

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