[At-Large] Protest at tomorrow's ICANN meeting

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 17:06:14 UTC 2011

A Big +1 to Karl's.

Carlton A Samuels
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On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 2:02 AM, Karl Auerbach <karl at cavebear.com> wrote:

> On 03/16/2011 10:31 PM, Neil Schwartzman wrote:
> > I hope some who are in attendance will also check out this protest. I
> > think this articulates a widespread frustration with ICANN's
> > responsiveness, in general.
> I very much disagree.
> ICANN is not the world's sex monitor.  Or to use stronger words, ICANN
> is not the world's censor of the internet nor is ICANN a tool for
> would-be censors.
> (Similarly, ICANN ought not be a trademark monitor.)
> ICANN does not force anyone to use or not use any particular part of the
> domain name system.  ICANN is not a creator of internet ghettos - except
> for human lemmings who fail to see that they possess the power of choice.
> The reason that ICANN has become more bloated than Jabba the Hutt is
> that ICANN rarely says "that is not our job".
> But with .xxx ICANN has, for once, done the right thing.
> Whether .xxx is used by people who like the Roman numerals for 30, or by
> people who like images of the three crosses on Calvary, or by purveyors
> of TNA is simply not of ICANN's concern.
> If you think that .xxx is to be banned then I suggest that there is an
> argument that could be made for banning something that many consider
> worse than sexual porn - and that would be images of murder and torture
> of human beings.  Yet consider how that would denude the internet of
> great works of Christian art or books on the lives of saints.
>         --karl--
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