Friday, February 23, 2007

DenverPost.com - Domain group to .xxx-amine a spot for porn

DenverPost.com - Domain group to .xxx-amine a spot for porn
Hopefully people will take the time to understand what this is and what it isn't before reacting. Too many child protection groups think this is a recirculation of the old XXX proposals. It isn't.
This doesn't legitimize porn, doesn't legalize anything that is illegal and isn't designed to create a backdoor censorship law.
It is content-blind.
Anyone who wants to buy a XXX domain name can. They don't have to be a porn site. (Not sure why general interest sites would want one, but they could if they wanted to.) It has nothing to do with their content at all...EXCEPT they could not have child porn or sexually exploit minors. This is an important addition to our arsenal in child protection, since many countries do not criminalize child pornography. A contractual commitment, with the stick of taking their domain name if they do not comply, has the ability to do what the criminal laws cannot.

In addition, many porn sites are involved in shoddy or fraudlent business practices, selling your personal data or not securing your creditcard information. When a charge occurs that needs ot be corrected, you cannot find a real person to talk with and it creates serious problems.

A XXX registered company will have to adopt data security and privacy practices and put their domains at risk if they don't.

Is it the answer to all cyberwrongs? No. But it's a step...

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