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

From: Daniel Weitzner <djweitzner@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2004 15:28:07 -0500
Message-Id: <44E663C9-76BF-11D8-B4FA-000393CFED62@w3.org>
Cc: <www-tag@w3.org>
To: "Paul Cotton" <pcotton@microsoft.com>

Hi Paul,


On Mar 15, 2004, at 3:03 PM, Paul Cotton wrote:

>> 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?
>

I believe that the deadline for new proposals to ICANN is 16 March. As 
soon as there is a precise proposal, I'll send it along to the TAG and 
indicate any relevant deadlines.

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

Yes. It would be good to have a look at an actual proposal, as opposed 
to just speculation.

Danny


>
> /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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