Sunday, June 05, 2005

Porn Sites get a Domain Address

Reuters (and others) are reporting on ICANN's (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) move to include .xxx as a domain name specifically assigned to pornographic content. First off, this is an idea I have advocated for the last half decade or longer, before (I believe) this was ever even considered. I can hear some of you out there asking me for proof (figuratively, of course). Well, if I find some post, blog, or message board comment I have made a long time ago regarding this issue, it will be posted here immediately. Regardless, it's a good move with one caveat: forced migration. ICANN must force sites with pornographic content to move to the .xxx domain without exception. The beauty of the .xxx domain name is that it allows for filters to work more efficiently. This is not the same as censorship. The availability of pornography on the internet, in a society that allows for that content as free speech, is not being infringed upon. Rather, it is being placed in an area that allows for easier controls to be put into place much like those already existing in "real space" aka brick & mortar locations. Without ICANN forcing sites to move off .com and into .xxx, we'll simply see a doubling of the available porn site addresses (think : www.hypotheticalpornsite.com AND www.hypotheticalpornsite.xxx)*.


*As of this posting, these sites may not actually exist. I assume that they do not, but I'm sure that any address with "porn" in its name has most likely been bought. The point is, the domain names in my example are exactly what they say: hypothetical.

4 Comments:

Blogger just christopher said...

Heya Tree - Chris from FCCJ Harewood classes.
Mainly wanted to say hi and hope-you're-doing-well but also wished to add an agreement on the relocation of current and new pornographic sites to the .xxx domain. Much like the particle board covering the magazines on the top shelf in "quik-marts", the .xxx domain both aids in shielding content for those who desire to be shielded and makes the content easier to find for those looking. Seems win-win to me, though I'm gonna guess the site admins would disagree with me.

11:06 PM  
Blogger mistic_mommy said...

you, bro! I agree that .xxx domain is a good idea, including relocating the existing sites to that domain.

in life new, it is yucky right now, but I know there are brighter days to come:) thanks!

12:09 PM  
Blogger Rick <> said...

Tree...I totally agree with your line of thinking. I think that the only thing that's gonna prevent this are legal fights from the porn sites because they probably fear a traffic loss due to moving from one domain that they've had since the beginning to the new domain. It's so unfortunate that this can't be a no-brainer for ICANN.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Shawn said...

Ah, it finally happened, eh? This has been loudly whispered about for a while now. I'm glad it is beginning to materialize. It is a good thing. The only traffic the porn sites would loose is traffic from unexpected children who's filter can't keep up to the hourly creation of these porn sites. I think it's very good. It's a good compromise, and few should have problems with it.

12:38 PM  

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