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August 17, 2005

Bush administration opposes xxx domains

From CNET News...

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.

It's a stupid idea. Porn sites grab any and every domain they can, including domain names that would obviously attract children. If a new xxx top-level domain were to open it wouldn't “move” porn away from regular domains, the porn peddlers would simply add as many xxx domains as they could to the domains they already have. If you think there's any way possible to force porn to be only on a xxx domain, I got some beautiful ocean front property in Montana you might be interested in. While the ACLU is quiet now, they'll be screaming their empty little heads over any attempt to limit porn sites to one suffix.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 17, 2005 09:05 AM

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