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    USA Goverment Relations Red-State Democrats use ICANN to Pose
    posted by Mueller on Friday March 17 2006, @05:47AM

    Two Democrat Senators from conservative states (Montana and Arkansas) have proposed legislation to use ICANN to regulate Internet content. The so-called "Cyber-Safety for Kids Act" requires the NTIA to require ICANN to create a new, compulsory generic top level domain for content that is "harmful to minors."

    Following the old German adage that "whatever is not forbidden is compulsory," the law in effect would force the U.S. Commerce Dept. to create a .xxx domain -- only a few months after Bush administration politicos ordered the Commerce Department to stop the creation of a .xxx sTLD proposal from ICM Registry. ICM Registry, always the good sport, issued a comment on the proposed law which stated, in part "Anyone who followed the recently concluded World Summit on the Information Society understands that unilateral US action in the absence of any threat to the security or stability of the root is unacceptable to the global Internet community."


     
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