Groundhog Day: 10,000 reminders of why ICANN’s public comment period on the .xxx domain is stupid

We knew – and we suspect that ICANN knew – that calling for public comment on the future of the .xxx domain after ICANN was slapped on the wrist for its mishandling of the proposal was a useless procedure. Now we have confirmation. As we approach the comment deadline (May 10), we have a flood (6,000 and counting) of comments from the same rightwing religious groups that mobilized against .xxx back in June and July of 2005. We also have another 150 comments from the Free Speech Coalition – a group of online porn providers who also didn’t like the idea 5 years ago and mobilized against it. And a petition with thousands of signatures for xxx. Does this sound vaguely familiar?