Blogs 4 Brownback

March 30, 2007

ICANN Rejects XXX Domain

Filed under: Defending America,Internet,Justice/Law — Psycheout @ 6:40 pm

All websites you visit end with a designator (or “top level domain“) that suggests what kind of site it is or its nation of origin.

  • .com for commercial (default: most good websites)
  • .edu for educational (liberal brainwashing institutions)
  • .org for non-profit organization (lots of liberals here)
  • .co.uk for England (beer and monarchy)
  • .co.jp for Japan (anime and other porn)
  • etc.

Some think that an “.xxx” domain would be good for adults only pornography sites. I think this is a good idea, but only if it’s mandatory. It would make it much easier to block porn websites on computers otherwise accessible to children and decent adults. It would also be a good place to put far-left political sites (but that’s just my own personal opinion).

But as I understand it, the “.xxx” domain, if ever approved, would be voluntary, so sites like Girls Gone Wild and other pornographic portals could still use the “.com” domain for their disgusting material.

Well, ICANN has rejected the “.xxx” domain again. I’m not sure if this is good or bad. I’d prefer that pornography be banned altogether, but if it must be tolerated, it should at least be quarantined to the “.xxx” domain (along with other far-left political sites, of course).

Here’s the story according to CNN Money:

The proposal by Toronto-based Internet domain operator ICM Registry LLC was voted down 9-5 by the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It would have allowed adult Web sites to voluntarily participate in the industry’s first devoted online domain space.

It appears I’m not the only one who noticed that the “.xxx” domain will not protect children if it’s voluntary:

In a transcript of the meeting posted on ICANN’s Web site, Roberto Gaetono, a board member, said he was reluctant to approve the proposal because a “large part of the community thinks that if we approve dot-xxx, all that material … will magically move into dot-xxx, and therefore children will be protected, because it will be easy to filter. That, in my opinion, is not going to happen.”

The argument in favor of the “.xxx” domain makes sense, but if not enforced, it won’t really mean much.

ICM Registry had touted the “.xxx” domain, saying it would allow adult Web site operators to better comply with regulators and provide families with a tool to filter their children’s exposure to adult content.

The vote by ICANN marks the third time the body has rejected a proposal to create a porn-specific domain name.

Geeky tech site Slashdot also has the news. Our computer literate and libertarian visitors may want to see what the “slashdotters” have to say.

NOTE: This, as always (unless otherwise specified) is my own opinion and may not reflect Sam Brownback’s views. I’m not sure if he has weighed in on this subject. This is Blogs 4 Brownback, not Blogs of Brownback, after all.

Now it’s your turn, dear readers. What do you think?

— Psycheout

6 Comments »

  1. This is good news for American families, and bad news for degenerate liberal perverts that want to corrupt the minds and souls of the young.

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 31, 2007 @ 10:17 am | Reply

  2. Obviously, the best thing to do would be to make pornography illegal, at least on the internet, where it is a menace to families and is exposed to way too many young people. Efforts to limit pornography have had varying success, on the internet and not on the internet, particularly in the area of child pornography, but the ACLU is public enemy #1 in this regard.

    Currently, the law allows pornography through a misguided notion that it constitutes “speech” under the 1st Amendment. Somehow, I don’t think that’s what our framers had in mind. While the ACLU fails to recognize that peaceful protests outside abortion clinics – that is to say, the core political speech that the founders directly meant to protect – as free speech, apparently they think child pornography is vital to the survival of a free society.

    Zoning laws may be used to keep porn shops away from schools and areas whose property values may be damaged by their presence, (anywhere where there are residences really), and actual children can’t be used in online porn, the ACLU has successfully chipped away at these protections and lead the charge against the family. They have grafted a cancerous exception onto these protective laws, through the courts and not the legislature, of course, that if child porn is “virtual”, that is computer generated and not using an actual child, then it is okay. Their theory is that at least this way no children are hurt. The obvious problem is that while most people don’t possess the technology to create “virtual” pornography, the very existence of the exception allows the entire market to flourish as law enforcement can’t distinguish between the two, and child porn perverts online merely claim they didn’t know it wasn’t virtual.

    We have statistics that virtually 100% of rapists are addicted to pornography, that pornography is highly addictive to males, and in the case of child porn, the average pedophile abuses 117 children before being caught or dying. Pedophiliacs are the least likely to be psychologically reformed and yet the courts continue to parole them in thinking they’ve learned their lessons.

    I think the XXX domain is useless unless its mandatory. The usefulness of it being mandatory is we can at least clean up the rest of the internet, get the porn out of the schools and libraries, and more easily protect our children. Also, should we manage to change the law, those sites that are relegated to XXX will be more easily destroyed. In this regard, it is worth noting that ICANN’s headquarters are located in Virginia, and as such, are subject to Virginia law and Federal law, so its not really up to them unless our laws afford them the luxury of making the decision whether or not to use the xxx name.

    Comment by Noonan — March 31, 2007 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  3. I think illegalizing online pornography is probably the way to go about things, Noonan. You’ve got an excellent point there.

    My only concern is pornography coming from websites abroad. I’m not sure of the technical aspects, but is there a way to prevent Americans from gaining access to foreign pornography once we’ve illegalized the American distributions?

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 31, 2007 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  4. That’s another problem. While currently Americans are not allowed to use children under 18 in porn, Canada allows it as do many other places. But to answer your question, I believe the answer is yes, because:

    1. While you can register domain names and sites in many countries, they are all ultimately channelled back through a central registrar

    2. Which is on American (Virginia) soil.

    I’m not 100% sure on that though. I’m no tech wiz.

    Comment by Noonan — April 2, 2007 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  5. Me neither, but it’s reassuring to know that the technology is PROBABLY in place to keep child pornography out of America (and especially away from American children). Thanks.

    Comment by Sisyphus — April 3, 2007 @ 4:05 am | Reply

  6. […] And: Some think that an “.xxx” domain would be good for adults only pornography sites. I think this is a good idea, but only if it’s mandatory. It would make it much easier to block porn websites on computers otherwise accessible to children and decent adults. It would also be a good place to put far-left political sites (but that’s just my own personal opinion). […]

    Pingback by Sadly, No! » Laff Riot — May 19, 2007 @ 12:34 pm | Reply


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