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04/19/2007


Saudi Arabia Objects to Creation of .Gay Internet Domain on Moral Grounds

Saudi Arabia is objecting to proposed new internet domains .gay, .bar, .baby and .islam, CNN reports:

DotgayThe country claims the .gay domain would promote homosexuality and would be offensive to "many societies and cultures." Saudi Arabia's Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed objections to 31 domain extensions, primarily on cultural and religious grounds.

The suffixes are some of the 1,930 top-level domain names currently being considered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization in charge of managing Internet naming standards. If approved, the dot-extensions would be available for new URLs, joining familiar extensions .com and .org, and country extensions such as .uk...

..."Many societies and cultures consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture, morality or religion," says the CITC, which regulates information technology in Saudi Arabia. The objections filed by Saudi Arabia highlight the cultural issues at play for many of the more controversial domains, including anything having to do with sex, gambling, drinking and religion.

Previously...
Who Will Control the .gay Domain?


Will Fred Phelps, Exodus International, and Scott Lively Be Allowed to Register .GAY Domains?

CNET interviews Scott Seitz (pictured), the chief executive of dotGAY, one of the groups that hopes to control the forthcoming .gay domain suffix. I've written about it previously here.

Seitz CNET wonders if the domain will be open to those who hate gays.

Will someone be able to post content that's legal but offensive? Where do you draw the line?

This is part of the process that we're developing. That's the exact certain type of person we need to find a way to have localized on the site. Like if I have to check a box saying I'm over 18, maybe you have to check a box saying that I'm recognizing that this content is potentially unfriendly to the gay community. Yes, the ex-gay community will want to be on the site. The Mormon Church will want to be on the site.

Let's say I wanted to register ex.gay. Would I be allowed to?

There are two things to that. We're putting together a policy group. This isn't just going to be me saying in this interview how it's going to happen. We can work with some of the best organizations--GLAAD, Lambda Legal. They can help us find a way to filter these people. And help us when they're going to turn around and sue us. I think we have to assume that's going to happen. Second, as a community we really object to filtering in general. But how do we avoid subjecting people to the same type of mental abuse they've been subjected to in the general market?

Previously...
Who Will Control the .GAY Domain? [tr]


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