How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

Sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Not too long ago, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers- this is where domain names come from), approved a new top-level domain, .xxx. Five years ago, ICANN was dead set against this, while politicos pushed for them to do it, the thinking being that if we can get all the pr0n in one place, we can regulate it. Senator Palpatine Lieberman said that it would force online pornographers to obey the same rules as a fleshside porn theater.

So, five years later, ICANN changes its mind. And now the conservatives scream that we'd be condoning pr0n if we allowed that domain. So we can't have it. Now, I've got some problems with the .xxx domain, but approaching it from a conservative standpoint, I would think this would be considered a good thing. Whether you're running Windows, Linux or OSX, there's a little thing called a "hosts" file. Adding a line like this:

would effectively block pr0n. (Note: I'm not sure you can block a top level domain in exactly that fashion, but regardless, it'd be damn easy)

That's why conservatives should support the .xxx domain. But it's a very narrow view. I mean, how do we guarantee that all pornographers use it? Pass a law? So the US passes a law that forces online pr0n onto the .xxx domain. And then, magically, the fact that the Internet operates in a wide number of nations takes hold. Pr0n is a big industry and it makes gobs of cash. It wouldn't exactly be hard to incorporate in East Bumfuckia, which doesn't have the law and colocate your servers in a web-farm down there. When I say East Bumfuckia, I mean Sweden, which has the most permissive Internet and copyright legislation anywhere.

Then what? Do we have to put up a China-like nationwide firewall to control what material from other nations slips into ours? Face it kiddos- the Internet was not designed with censorship in mind, and it is exceedingly difficult to paste it on after the fact without going to extremes that curtail free speech.

The .xxx domain is an exercise in futility. It means nothing, it will accomplish nothing. Most pr0n sites will probably maintain a .com and a .xxx domain, and direct them both to the same content. Even if they don't want to colocate, they can incorporate in another nation, buy the .com in that nation, and set up a redirect to US located content. Puhleeze.

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