Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Peep Show

Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported about how the adult entertainment industry is generally an early adopter of cutting-edge online applications and has consistently expanded the audience for new applications for digital technology ("The Porn Industry Again at the Tech Forefront"), particularly those that use streaming video and broadband connections.

A few days ago, the same newspaper reported in "XXX Web Domain is Turned Down" that Marina Del Rey-based ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has decided against creating .xxx web adresses specifically for adult content. Although this designation would have definitely made it easier for parents and workplaces to filter out some objectionable content by domain-name, it wouldn't have evicted purveyors of pornography from their present .com and .net addresses. It was interesting to note in the official announcement that Vincent Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet who first demonstrated a working prototype in 1977, voted against the xxx domain.



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