.xxx domain names plan dropped

  Kate B 12:52 01 Apr 07
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What do you think? I'm inclined to think it's a good thing not to go for the .xxx top-level domain. There are many established adult-industry businesses that wouldn't want to be forced into a .xxx top-level domain; and as someone points out in that piece, it would force Icann into being the arbiter of what's porn and what's not.

On keeping kids away from porn on the net, I think that's the responsibility of parents, not Icann.

  Al94 13:06 01 Apr 07

"responsibility of parents" - rather naive in this context. Parental responsibilities are undeniable but a very resourceful bunch are the kids of today!! I can see the difficulties but the general idea of .xxx was sound.

  Jak_1 13:07 01 Apr 07

Quite agree, Kate.

[Quote] ICM also had to give assurances that it would put in place systems to prevent children seeing the sites and that no .xxx sites would contain images of child abuse. [Unquote]

Just how were they to do that I ask. Most kids can get around any security that parents place on computers! Having dedicated domain names for porn would only encourage kids to go searching those domains, the last thing anyone wants! Also, these days there can be a very thin dividing line between what is softcore and what is hardcore, that in itself is only too eveident on the top shelf of most newsagents!

  Kate B 13:08 01 Apr 07

True - there are some clever little rugrats out there! I don't think the general idea was sound though; I think it was unworkable.

  Forum Editor 13:19 01 Apr 07

third parties to police the internet is doomed to failure, and anyone who works on the net knew that the .xxx top level would never work. ICM, who backed the proposal had said they would put security measures in place which would prevent children from seeing pornography. All I can say is that none of the ICM people can have children, if that's what they thought.

There's only one sure way to stop children accessing porn, and that's to stop them from ever using the internet. Otherwise it's up to parents to use fitering measures and understanding, in the hope that the evil day can be postponed for as long as possible.

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