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    Content should not be ICANN's concern
    by KarlAuerbach on Saturday January 27 2007, @06:30PM (#16912)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    ICANN's purpose is to ensure that the upper tiers of the domain name system operates reliably, efficiently, and accurately as measured by the transformation of doman name query packets into domain name response packets.

    ICANN's attempts to inquire into the content and purpose of domain names is an exercise well beyond ICANN's purpose and transforms ICANN from a needed technical protective role into that of an internet content nanny.

    The idea that a private organization, a combination of incumbent business interests that excludes the public, can sit and decide who may and who may not enter a business marketplace, dictate product descriptions and prices, and impose conditions upon customers, is an idea that is repugnant to our notions of fair and open competition. .XXX may not be the most felicitious of purposes, but the people who are promoting it have a right to engage in any non-illegal business without having to submit their plans for the approval of ICANN.

    My own complaint about .XXX is that there are so many other worthy applications - including 40 left over and still pending from year 2000 - that deserve at least as much consideration, and approaval, as .XXX has obtained.

    The obscenity about .XXX is not the content. Rather it is the way in which the US Government launders the policy of right-wing religious groups through a private corporation, ICANN. This damages our system of Constitutional government, erodes the distinction between public and private actors, and eliminates the safety checks that we have learned are necessary to control executive administrative agencies.
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