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Syracuse iSchool Professor Milton Mueller quoted about addition of .xxx to top level domain names

MSNBC quoted Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) Professor Milton Mueller in an article “Dot-XXX address puts porn sites on the spot” about the recent addition of a specific domain name for pornography sites on the Internet.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers took the .xxx domain live on April 15, 2011, after a contentious debate between those who saw the new domain as too easily blocked and others who saw it as a way to protect minors and provide better services to customers.

Mueller was quoted in reference to how the creation of the .xxx domain will affect international politics since nations have drastically different standards for pornography. He was also covered for the same story by NBC local affiliate 13WHAM (watch clip) out of Rochester, NY.

Mueller is Professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies, where he teaches courses on information and communication policy and telecommunication management. His research focuses on property rights, institutions and global governance in communication and information industries. His earlier book Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) was the first book-length analysis of the political and economic forces leading to the creation of ICANN. Currently, he is doing research on the legal and regulatory responsibilities of Internet service providers, Internet Protocol addressing policy, the policy implications of Deep Packet Inspection technology and the security governance practices of network operators.

Mueller was one of the founders of the Internet Governance Project, an alliance of scholars in action around global Internet policy issues. As co-founder of the Noncommercial Users Constituency he has played a leading role in organizing and mobilizing public interest groups in ICANN. Mueller is on the Advisory Council of Public Interest Registry (.org).


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