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There has been much debate about the content of the
Internet and freedom of
speech but no real solution.
Why not create
extensions to replace the traditional ".com". For example,
be used for pornography and material suitable for children
One big advantage of this would be that browser software could
developed to register users thus limiting the extensions they would
access to. This would keep kids away from material that is
employers could effectively limit access to such material, and
would not be subject to accidentally typing an incorrect
address and suddenly
get barraged with inappropriate material.
In registering for a Domain Name or IP Address, the
applicant would be bound
by the terms,
set by your organization, at the time they applied. Such
are a necessity given the propensity for individuals to find loopholes.
example, they may
claim their site contains material suitable for kids.
it may contain links
to sites with material deemed not suitable for children.
Penalties could range from loss of Domain Name or
IP Address to shutting down
the site temporarily with a Notice Page describing
the reasons why access is
There are also other alternatives: (1) creating an extension classification
similar to that used by Libraries, or (2) have a rating system--better than that
for movies--that browser software could use to register individuals, then allow
access according to the rating they are assigned.