2006/03/20

XXX - The Internet's Scarlet Letters

Senate Democrats Mark Pryor and Max Baucus have introduced the Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2006, another in a long line of bills that would try to keep kids away from Internet porn. This bill though, is novel because it proposes to create an .xxx top-level domain, and, setting aside the utter impossibility of deciding what content would be forced to don the scarlet letters, the act is also interesting because it's language is so general. Ars Technica notes that -
Within six months after the TLD's creation, all commercial websites that offer "material that is harmful to minors" as their "primary business" would have to move their content to a .xxx domain.
So the questions is: What constitutes content that is "harmful to minors"? Would legislators use this to block...say...violent online games, objectionable music, The Catcher In The Rye?

As with the ill-fated attempt to create the .kids domain, a place where online predators could be guaranteed to find their young targets, a .xxx domain would put a big neon sign on content saying, "Here be porn!" So instead of protecting kids from the evil stuff, this bill would give them a roadmap (at least in the United States, since the act would not be binding for overseas porn purveyors).

This sounds to me like election year moralizing. I wonder if Mr. Pryor and Mr. Baucus are up for reelection.

6 Comments:

From Social Security reform to Internet Porn in just under a year. Ahh the old standbys.
Sounds like someone is trying to pull that same old rabbit out of that same old hat. The rabbit probably died years ago, but unless you look at it real close, it still looks a little bit like a rabbit.
I may not be able to define a rabbit, but I know one when I see one. :-)
Once again election year Democrats trying to look more like Republicans.
Will Army recruiters be on the .xxx domain? they certainly are harmful to children.
Let me see if I've got this straight --
For kids to be sodomized requires no special legislation.
For kids to see people being sodomized, we must enact protections.

OK. I've got it now.
Out to go make the world a safer place.
Bwaaaa haaa haa haa haa....
For kids to be sodomized requires no special legislation.
For kids to see people being sodomized, we must enact protections.


Well...we could have a porno state. Maybe Puerto Rico could change it's name XXX and become the 51st, and very special, state?

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