There’s this organization called ICANN (view their site). It is the (non-profit) corporation that manages domain names and IP’s at the very extremest most high top most level. There has been some discussion about whether or not these web’s domain janitors should be in the US. Their activities are quite powerfull, and have a global scope.

There has been widespread critisism lately about the fact that ICANN has rejected proposals for an xxx-extension. This xxx extension would be for pornography exclusively. Even better, all porn would have to be under the xxx extensions, so there’s (in theory) no need to create complex filters for children and public computers. Just blocking any web address with the porn extension would do the trick.

Why the hell would anyone object to that? Of course it would be hard on ‘entrepeneurs’ if suddenly for example sex.com, sex.net, sex.org and numerous others were reduced to one site. But who in Christian America would stand up publicly and say: ‘hey, that’s not fair, we will not tolerate this, porn is a (hu)man right’?

Supposedly, ICANN’s rejection of the proposal was the result of political pressure of the US Department of Commerce. Hey! That’s the US government! That means the net-pimps have influence in pretty high circles … or a too large a percentage of the US economy depends on porn, of course.

All of the above is old news. What’s news, is the fact that ICANN has broken open the discussion again through a revised proposed agreement, and are now open for comments from the public, so go ahead and send them an e-mail to let you know how you feel about this.

What do you think?

Advertisements