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RE: Use of TLDs as content filtering mechanisms (.xxx or .sex)

From: Paul Cotton <pcotton@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 12:03:55 -0800
Message-ID: <33D970235519324D988AFFDE7EA2E24C01316103@RED-MSG-41.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Daniel Weitzner" <djweitzner@w3.org>, <www-tag@w3.org>

> Indications are that ICANN may consider creation of a new sTLD
> (sponsored Top Level Domain[1]) for the purpose of identifying and
> filtering of content considered harmful or objectionable.

Can you give us some more background on why you think this might happen?
Has such a proposal actually been made?

[2] gives arguments against such a TLD but wouldn't an actual proposal
make arguments for the merit of such a TLD?

/paulc

Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada 
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-tag-request@w3.org [mailto:www-tag-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of
> Daniel Weitzner
> Sent: March 10, 2004 11:38 AM
> To: www-tag@w3.org
> Subject: Use of TLDs as content filtering mechanisms (.xxx or .sex)
> 
> 
> Indications are that ICANN may consider creation of a new sTLD
> (sponsored Top Level Domain[1]) for the purpose of identifying and
> filtering of content considered harmful or objectionable. This issue
> has been discussed in the past under the rubric of .xxx or .sex.
> 
> I believe that ICANN could benefit from the TAG's view of the
following
> questions:
> 
> 1. How would such a proposal effect the operation of URIs and other
> aspects of the Web?
> 
> 2. Does the TAG believe that such a sTLD would be effective in
limiting
> access to inappropriate material, whether for children, adults or
> others prohibited by law from accessing certain material?
> 
> 3. Are there existing solutions to the problem of controlling access
to
> harmful content or are there other approaches that would be effective?
> 
> 4. Don Eastlake has written about this question. Does the TAG agree
> with RFC 3675 (Eastlake)?[1]
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Daniel Weitzner
> W3C Technology & Society Domain Lead
> 
> 
> 
> links:
> [1]
> http://www.icann.org/tlds/new-stld-rfp/new-stld-application-parta
> -15dec03.htm
> [2] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3675.txt
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