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

From: Daniel Weitzner <djweitzner@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 16:03:24 -0500
Message-Id: <5CEB7FA2-778D-11D8-B60E-000393CFED62@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
To: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>

Hi Graham,

On Mar 16, 2004, at 5:02 AM, Graham Klyne wrote:

> Daniel,
>
> I find myself wondering if this question is mis-directed:  what you 
> raise is, I think, a social issue (with maybe a few technical 
> ramifications).  As such, is the W3C *Technical* Architecture Group 
> best-placed to consider it?
>

I agree that the use of .xxx as a means of restricting access to 
certain types of content is, in the final analysis, a question of 
social policy (human rights, child protection, etc.). That said, there 
are better and worse technical mechanisms for fulfilling policy goals. 
I'm really interested in the TAG's input on whether this idea makes 
sense or not architecturally. I understand some aspects of Web 
architecture to be preference and custom. Those can obviously change as 
needed. Other architectural principles are more in the category of 
lessons learned about directions that are either ineffective or 
harmful. If there's reason to believe this proposal could benefit from 
the latter sort of experience, ICANN ought to consider that.

> (In part, I raise this because it seems to me that your own background 
> would make you at least as qualified in this area as the current TAG 
> membership...)

Thanks for the kind words. :-)

Danny

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>
> At 11:37 10/03/04 -0500, Daniel Weitzner 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. 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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