The non-profit body policy-making for the new .XXX TLD, IFFOR (International Foundation For Online Responsibility) has announced the founding members for its Sponsored Community Policy Council. They include Strictly Broadband MD and AITA chairman Jerry Barnett, Florian Sitta, head of Beate Uhse AG’s legal department in Germany and Trieu Hoang, in-house legal counsel for AbbyWinters.com, who is representing Australia and Asia. The US is represented by lawyer Chad Belville, well known in online adult circles and Andy Kayton, another First Amendment Lawyers Association (FALA) member and general counsel for WebPower, Inc. which operates the iFriends adult webcam network and the ClickCash affiliate programme.
These adult industry faces join previously announced members from the worlds of Privacy and Security. They include Professor Fred Cate, Child Protection expert Sharon Girling OBE, Free Expression advocate Professor Nadine Strossen and ICM Registry’s own representative Bob Corn-Revere.
Speaking as IFFOR chairman, ICM Registry’s CEO Stuart Lawley said, “IFFOR is honoured that these international leaders have committed their expertise to help develop polices for .XXX domains. This is the first time that adult and non-adult representatives will work together to define multi-faceted policies to help protect children and consumers, and the adult entertainment industry.”
Jerry Barnett added, “I believe a well-funded body like IFFOR can supplement and strengthen the efforts of other bodies around the world that promote the industry or campaign for freedom of speech. As well as being the most technology-oriented council member, I will strive to represent the needs of the UK and wider adult industry, and continue my work to defend sexual freedom and freedom of speech.”
US lawyer Chad Belville commented, “I look forward to helping shape policies that will promote free expression, protect children from exploitation and assist parents in controlling the content that enters their homes.”
Mr. Hoang stated, “I’m on the Policy Council to represent the interests of the industry. As a member of the Policy Council, I will try to influence and explain whether a policy is feasible and pragmatic to implement. Of utmost importance is that any policy must be to the industry benefit.”
Joan Irvine, executive director IFFOR said, “I spent the last nine years working with the adult entertainment industry in my previous role to develop Best Practices as it relates to child protection including implementing labeling technologies. This knowledge along with the expertise of IFFOR Policy Council members will facilitate the development of reasonable business practices.”
IFFOR’s Sponsored Community Policy Council is responsible for creating policies and codes of conduct within the .XXX online adult entertainment community through IFFOR’s Baseline Policies, which can be viewed at http://iffor.org/docs/appendix-b-baseline-policies-26jul10-en.pdf. Their role includes helping to make adult content less accessible by children and protecting the data security and privacy of adults using .XXX domains to access adult entertainment services or purchase goods.