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.xxx Domain is Bad.. No Good..

Nothing seems to get everyone riled up more than to talk about adult sites on the internet. Case in point – the .xxx domain.

Conservative and religious groups are against the idea because they believe it will become an area where there is only adult content, I guess their belief being that it would be easier for kids to find.

On the other side are politicians that are pushing the idea because if all adult sites were in that domain, filtering and/or blocking al lthose sites from minors would become much simpler than it is today. Just block the domain, and you knwo that adult content cannot be accessed.

So who wins in the race to protect our children? While I don’t agree with the concept of requiring all adult sites to be in that domain, that solution would make blocking all adult sites very simple technically. Of course, what’s missing is the discussion of who determines what are adult sites, and what are not. I don’t trust any group to be able to make that decision fairly. Sad thing is, the stated goal of protecting kids is on the mark. However, both groups are more interested in having sound bites, a “for the kids” legislative victory to crow about in their reelection brochures and pushing their own agenda than they are in truly protecting the kids.

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Posted by Jeff

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