MEDIA: ICANN rejects .xxx domain

Martin Hannigan hannigan at
Fri May 12 05:47:31 UTC 2006

At 11:42 PM 5/11/2006, Jim Popovitch wrote:

>David Schwartz wrote:
>>         The major problem with this is that many other governments 
>> have "dangerous
>>ideas" that they'd also like to be easily able to identify and isolate as
>>well. If the United States gets to corral porn, why can't China corral
>>Democracy? Why can't Russia corral advocates of "terrorism" (which some
>>might consider independence).
>>         I think it would be an incredibly short-sighted policy on 
>> the part of the
>>U.S. government to restrict the Internet in the hopes of controlling things
>>like gambling and pornography. The precedent of government isolating
>>"dangerous ideas" will be adopted by many other governments and we will have
>>no sound ideological grounds to oppose.
>Excellent points.
>I question then why we even have a need for any TLDs.

Why do we even need domain names at all outside our own entities for network
management, mail,and a few minor services now that we have google?


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