ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Where I break with the Bush Administration & Social Conservatives

This is not smart...

Bush administration objects to .xxx domains
By Declan McCullagh

The Bush administration is objecting to the creation of a .xxx domain, saying it has concerns about a virtual red-light district reserved exclusively for Internet pornography.

Michael Gallagher, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department, has asked for a hold to be placed on the contract to run the new top-level domain until the .xxx suffix can receive further scrutiny. The domain was scheduled to receive final approval Tuesday.

"The Department of Commerce has received nearly 6,000 letters and e-mails from individuals expressing concern about the impact of pornography on families and children," Gallagher said in a letter that was made public on Monday.
ICANN has not said what will happen next. John Jeffrey, ICANN's general counsel, said in an e-mail that "all of this correspondence and any other correspondence received will be given to the board for their consideration relating to this matter."

After ICANN's vote to approve .xxx, conservative groups in the United States called on their supporters to ask the Commerce Department to block the new suffix. The Family Research Council, for instance, warned that "pornographers will be given even more opportunities to flood our homes, libraries and society with pornography through the .xxx domain."

"The volume of correspondence opposed to creation of a .xxx (domain) is unprecedented," according to the Commerce Department's Gallagher. "Given the extent of the negative reaction, I request that the board (provide) adequate additional time for these concerns to be voiced and addressed before any additional action takes place."

Fact - Pornography is available on the internet. (Remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry asks "Why would I need a computer?" and George answers "Stock Quote? Porn?" That was in the infant days of the internet)

Fact - Almost any internet search engine will return some p0rn site, even for innocuos sounding searches.

The .xxx domain is something that should be welcomed by social conservatives, as it provides parents with a specific domain which can be avoided. There is little chance that internet pornography will be reduced - not given our current social trends. The libertarian in me says that it is wise to provide the .xxx domain and then allow families and individuals to make decisions as to whether they want to allow access to this "Red Light District" of the internet.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler