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Two US senators are once again making a push for an official .xxx domain

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.





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