Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Jun 2009 15:57 UTC
Internet & Networking The relationship between the United States government and ICANN, the private non-profit corporation which oversees the assignment of domain names, has often been a thorn in the eyes of the European Union. A recent document issued by the European Commission again advocates a change in internet oversight - but at the same time, the document also states that ICANN has actually been doing a pretty good job.
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RE[3]: Comment by werfu
by jack_perry on Sun 21st Jun 2009 14:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by werfu"
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Adult content is adult content, you know what I mean. Except in case of science or art, picture of a naked person is adult content.

Ah yes, the "I know it when I see it" principle of judging obscenity.

Okay... suppose I want to post naked pictures of my 1- and 2-year old daughters to my personal web page, so that my parents can look at them. (I don't want to do this, but some European cultures like images of naked children at that age, and probably some non-European cultures do, too.)

As it happens, my personal web page is indexed by a web browser, and so people from all over the world can see it. Some perv finds my web page, downloads the images, then uploads them to one of the more unsavory mailing lists.

An FBI officer monitoring this list stumbles across the images; manages to trace them to my website, and an overzealous prosecutor strings me up for not posting them on the XXX domain. A lot of people, incited by newspaper op-eds and others, label me as a monster and demand my head.

It is art? is it science? I don't think either applies. So what is it?

BTW I think that some pictures of girls in swimsuits are pornography. Context matters, and by now I can no longer trust a judge to use his head when making the call.

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