CALI: Berkeley Errs on Side of Caution, Buys .XXX – Just Look at Hawaii. Smart Move!!

 

Posted:   02/10/2012 05:01:29 PM PST

Updated:   02/10/2012 05:01:29 PM PST

 

Pornographers will have to draw on their creativity to find an Internet home for titles like “Debbie Does Berkeley.”

UC Berkeley recently paid $1,300 to snap up seven potentially pornographic Internet domains, including berkeley.xxx and gobears.xxx, to keep them out of the hands of those hoping to cash in on the university’s name in unsavory ways. The school followed several other colleges around the country that had done the same thing.

Instead of writhing bodies, Internet users see a rather banal message when they visit the Berkeley-related .xxx sites: “This domain has been reserved from registration.”

University officials were not sure they needed to worry about Cal-related pornography, but erred on the side of caution, said Shelton Waggener, UC Berkeley’s chief information officer.

“Think of it as an insurance policy,” he said. “Nobody knows the cost of not doing this. It’s just more of a preventive measure.”

Matt Krupnick covers higher education. Contact him at 510-208-6488. Follow him at Twitter.com/MattKrupnick.

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