2 posts • joined Tuesday 4th May 2010 21:16 GMT
A .xxx tld would be the beginning of massive censorship on the internet
In the past senators Max Baucus (D., Montana) and Mark Pryor (D., Arkansas) have already proposed to make the use of a .xxx domain mandatory for adult content. Stuart Lawley of the ICM registry has already stated that if the .xxx tld is approved they will start lobbying to make it mandatory.
This opens a huge can of worms. What exactly is adult content? Hardcore Pr0n? Sites about breast cancer? Sex ed sites? A youtube video of women wearing bikinis?
Who gets to decide which sites can still use a .com domain and which sites will be forced to move into the .xxx ghetto? What about the owners of adult websites who have invested thousands of dollars into building a brand? What about their SE rankings? Do you really want to put thousands of people out of business simply because you don't like the product they are selling? Well, what if some Islamic extremist started closing down websites he didn't like? Or what if some extreme right Christian sect decided all sites about the theory of evolution are inappropriate?
And who will pay for all that? Surely policing the internet to make sure no one secretly put up some adult content on a .com domain would come at a cost. Do we raise the price of .com domains to pay for some new government agency to police the .com tld?
If you allow the creation of a .xxx tld and as a result the eventual mandatory segmentation of the internet based on content, you'll wake up one day in a world where the internet will no longer be the 'ultimate free press'.
Voltaire once wrote:
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
If you believe in freedom of thought, freedom of speech, than don't keep silent.
Send " @ICANN REJECT the .xxx tld! #icann " on twitter.
Adult webmaster against the ICM proposed .xxx tld
As an adult webmaster (been in the industry for over 9 years), I can only see disadvantages.
First of all the proposed .xxx tld will do NOTHING to keep children safe. The only effective way to control what your children get to see on the web is white-listing, not black-listing. So creating a .xxx tld in the hopes you can block it to protect your children doesn't make sense.
There are 1000s established adult sites out there using .com domains. As long as those exist, it will be impossible to block porn by blocking sites in the .xxx tld.
And no one in the adult industry has any intention to abandon their established sites. Why would we destroy our own investments?
If you really want to protect children, you might want to consider setting up a .kids tld, with nothing but sites aimed at children. That way, parents can block everything except the .kids sites.
Second, The adult industry never asked for the .xxx tld. In fact, adult webmaster have been and still are fighting AGAINST it. The .xxx tld was proposed by the ICM, a private organization with no ties to the adult industry and with only one goal: making money off of adult webmasters.
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