Right-Wing Religious Groups Flood ICANN With .XXX Comments

Right wing religious groups were dominating comments as the deadline approached for comments on the future of .XXX. Writing on the Internet Governance Project blog, Milton Mueller writes that ICANN’s calling for public comment was a “useless delaying tactic” with 6,000 comments “from the same rightwing religious groups that mobilized against .xxx back in June and July of 2005” as of May 7 as the deadline approached. At the close of the comment period there were 12,602 submissions.Mueller writes that the 6,000 “Christian group” comments are generated by an astroturf campaign led by Pat Trueman of www.pornharms.com, and disseminated through groups such as the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Morality in Media, and Concerned Women for America.”Mueller concludes “ICANN should have known this would happen. What does it say about its sincerity toward its accountability procedures?”To read Milton Mueller’s post in full on the Internet Governance Project blog, see:
blog.internetgovernance.org/blog/_archives/2010/5/7/4523393.html