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HUMOR: ICANN Announces ".polinc" TLD for politically incorrect anddangerous-opinion sites

  • From: william(at)elan.net
  • Date: Fri Jun 03 14:58:14 2005



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Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2005 14:48:12 -0400
From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
To: Ip ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: [IP] ICANN Announces ".polinc" TLD for politically incorrect and
dangerous-opinion sites

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From: Brad Templeton <btm@templetons.com>
Date: June 3, 2005 2:43:04 PM EDT
To: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: ICANN Announces ".polinc" TLD for politically incorrect and dangerous-opinion sites

(For those wishing to add comments, this post can also be found at my blog:)

http://ideas.4brad.com/node/221

ICANN Announces ".polinc" TLD for politically incorrect and dangerous-opinion sites

ICANN is pleased to announce that the independent evaluation process,
which began last year, has resulted in a further sponsored Top Level
Domain (sTLD) application moving to the next stage.

As the process for selecting new sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLDs)
continues from a pool of ten applications, ICANN has now entered into
commercial and technical negotiations with an additional candidate
registry, ICM Registry, Inc, (.POLINC).

The .POLINC top level domain will be a voluntary arena for sites that wish
to express ideas that are politically incorrect or inflammatory. Sites that
promote ideas including racism, homosexual advocacy, embryonic stem cell
harvesting, creationism, evolutionism, opposition to the war in Iraq,
defence of the liberation of Iraq and other topics that are inflammatory
can voluntarily register in the .POLINC domain to make it clear what
sort of material can be found on the site.

Were not trying to suprise anybody with the fact that our sites
have unpopular an inflammatory opinions on them, said Brad Templeton,
Chairman of the www.eff.org web site notorious for its opposition to
the surveillance tools the Justice Dept. says are needed for the War on
Domestic Terror. Templeton also operates the www.netfunny.com site, which
contains jokes, some of which lampoon stereotypes of all manners. By
giving us our own domain, people will know exactly what they are
getting. Our views are for adults. Were not trying to push them on kids.

Operators of .POLINC domains believe that by using this domain, they will
have an answer to any user who complains about finding their material on
the internet, in particular parents who dont want their children exposed
to highly radical views. Internet filtering software, commonly sold
to parents, schools and libraries, will be able to easily and reliably
block access to .POLINC sites by children and library patrons.

Use of .POLINC is entirely voluntary, says Stuart Lawley, chairman of ICM
Registry, which will operate the domain. Sites with inflammatory opinions
now have the opportunity to self-organize and self-regulate on a voluntary
basis. Over 20% of new internet sites, known as blogs, contain dangerous
and inflammatory opinions, with the number increasing every day.

ICM outlined the following benefits of the .POLINC TLD on their release:

* Online child safety and anti-child mind pollution will be promoted
through best practice guidelines promulgated by a non-profit
cross-sector foundation. This foundation will provide assistance
through various online support organizations and the sponsoring of
technology tools and education programs for parents.

* The online radical blog industry wants to create an identifiable
space with which its members can elect to associate themselves and
wherein they can responsibly self-organize and create guidelines to
promote credible self-regulation.

* The voluntary .POLINC TLD will maximize and protect free speech
both for content providers and Internet users.

* Privacy protection and security will be promoted for online
consumers.

* The .POLINC TLD has potential to regularize business processes such
as search-engine functionality, privacy, identity theft prevention
measures, and security.

* It creates a credible forum for representation and self-regulation
where all stakeholders are able to discuss and actively respond to
concerns about online inflammatory opinion.

Registrations in .POLINC will be available for just $99.95 per year.



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