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Buh Bye .XXX - hello focus on using technology to protect children

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  • Subject: Buh Bye .XXX - hello focus on using technology to protect children
  • From: "Brandon Shalton" <brandon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 17:37:30 -0500

With the 9 to 5 vote against .XXX, we can now focus on solutions that will truly protect children from harmful material.

.XXX's claims that it will protect children is completely laughable since it is not the magic shield.

As a vocal oppontent to .XXX, i share many of the same sentiments as the pro-.XXX supporters in wanting to have something to keep kids away from adult content.

.XXX is not the answer.

.KIDS is a much better answer, but i understand that the reality of such an idea may never come about, since .KIDS is another content-based TLD idea like .XXX

Most TLD applications are over a trade group or some clearly defined group, like with .TRAVEL.

There are technologists and innovators like myself that feel some duty to discuss and create solutions, rather than just knocking down bad ones.

There are some solutions being worked on. While the adult online industry objected to .XXX, they don't object to the idea of protecting kids, but it has to be a way that actually works and one that still allows adult who want to find the material, the ability to do so, not some means to essentially try to strangle the content.

You may not realize it but the adult online industry funds ASACP.org, a non-profit organization that assist law enforcement and private sector companies in identifying child pornography websites. ASACP.org is celebrating its 10th year and has made a positive impact upon assisting to remove child porn from the internet.

As a soon-to-be-father, my goals are to make the internet a place where when my child (and others) are ready to click their first mouse click,that they can do so in an environment that allows them to explore the wonders of the internet, without being exposed to the harmful elements. I've been on the internet since 1989, and i saw firsthand as the web blossomed. There is certainly many negative things that are on the internet, but there are many great things as well that allow us to travel the world from our computers, in learning about different people, places, and things.

-brandon






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