Concerned Women for America esq: censorware flawed

Seth Finkelstein writes "In an article
opposing
the .xxx domain
, Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women for
America, states as one alleged flaw
in censorware:
"There are many Web sites that provide
the numeric IP address when a user enters a .com name. All that's
necessary to get to a Web site that's blocked by a filter is to put
its numeric IP address into the Web browser and hit "go." If one
computer-savvy kid knows that, how long do you think it will take the
information to pass through cyberspace to other kids?"."

Comments

Well, obviously simply creating an .xxx domain doesn't mean that filtering will suddenly consist only of blocking all .xxx domain sites. In addition to the work-arounds, this will not eliminate pr0n existing on non .xxx domain sites.

my understanding is that the point of the domain is to help those who wish to do so to avoid the majority of the net's pr0n. I can't imagine that it was ever intended to be a fail-safe filtering solution.

It does allow a way of providing light-weight filtering that at least doesn't block any non-pr0n sites. But it does not in and of itself provide a way for, say, a parent to garentee that all forms of pr0n are blocked from thier home computer.

I thought the party line was that censorware was supposed to be some kind of magic bullet that would protect western civilization from immorality, demon porn, and the heartbreak of psoriasis.

Now they're saying that it isn't good enough?

Gee. I wonder if this might not be a prelude to demanding something even more restrictive and shoving the U.S. further down the slippery slope.

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