Jan. 9, 2007
As if the internet didn't have enough rough neighborhoods for web surfers to negotiate, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is once again revisiting the notion of creating a virtual red-light district on the internet. Ostensibly, this tactic will separate web pornographers from the rest of the internet, making it easier to filter out (or in) pornographic websites.
FRC opposed this action the first time around, on the grounds that it would be unenforceable -- and grant a legitimizing status to the porn industry. While there have been a few revisions to the initial proposal, they don't appear to offer much incentive for pornographers to leave the .com domain.
The domains that are available today including .com, .net, .gov, .edu, .us, etc., represent certain areas of societal value. The proposed revisions do nothing to address the fact that granting a niche business its own top-level domain name would be unique to pornographers, who would gain a status currently only available to groups like schools, governments, and nations.