Two Senate Democrats, Max Baucus of Montana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, officially introduced
the "Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2006." The new bill would push
for the Bush administration to create an ".xxx" domain, which would be
reserved specifically for pornographic web sites. The ultimate
goal would be for parents to be able to easily filter and eliminate
what their kids can and cannot view on the Internet.
"While the Internet is an exceptional learning tool, it allows
children the same easy access to websites about space shuttles as it
does for pornography," said Senator Baucus, adding that violators would
be subject to a hefty fine.
The two senators hope that the U.S. Department of Commerce and the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) can work
together to make sure that minors are shielded from adult
content. The legislation will have a hard road, especially with
many public interest groups ready to rally against the creation of the
virtual red-light district. During last summer, ICANN initially
went along with an .xxx domain, but was met with heavy criticism that
forced the organization to hold off any decisions since last December.