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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    LOL, 3 Apr 2006 @ 5:53pm

    Re: .xxx

    90% of Internet content is NOT hosted in the US, the USA is NOT the largest continent, it is NOT the Richest Country, it is NOT the Be all and End All, The US has Hollywood...thats it ok. sheesh, the ignorance of some ppl, travel beyond your borders please, the EARTH does not wear the US flag. the US is PART of the world, it is NOT the World. .xxx is a great idea, but once again it is US Law, bring it to the UN, get it thru the Worlc Committee, unless of course the US government thinks it can muscle the rest of the world, here's prediction, 20 yrs ago Japan was seen as a hobo country producing cheap unreliable items... Long gone are those days, now adays, smart ppl will take Japan goods over US goods anytime.

    scene today, China is seen as cheap and unrealiable goods...China has 3 billion people, prepare for the shift in power. but look at the controls they have in place. Total ban on outside traffic, except to the tech savvy. The western population is aging, the demographics shows it, you marketeers know it, the Asian market is young and booming...ths shift is coming, be ready for it. 65 yr olds in Congress...not a future planner.

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