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Approval Finally Given To .xxx Domain

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Approval Finally Given To .xxx Domain

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally given the go ahead for the creation of the top level domain suffix, .xxx, for the pornographic industry.

Proposals to have such a domain name created has been on-going for over a decade years and as far back as 2005 there was initial approval for the .xxx domain name. This was later rescinded however following complaints from conservative political groups but today, ICANN has given final approval for its creation. The .xxx designation will only be given to the "adult entertainment industry" and will be regulated by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). It will be regulated in relation to keeping the sites virus-free and upholding the owners' rights under the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights rather than in relation to content.

“The ICANN community has engaged in extensive debate as well, with this single issue generating higher volumes of community comment than nearly any other issue ever faced within ICANN," a statement from ICANN read in a draft paper ahead of the final approval. The issue, as you would expect, has created a lot of debate both online and offline. Some people claim the .xxx designation will help better filter inappropriate content while others, such as religious groups, claim it is legitimising the pornographic industry – but with it being a multi-billion pound industry globally, that argument seems pretty dated.

ICANN will shortly sign an agreement with ICM Registry, which is backing the domain, to begin the roll out of the .xxx addresses. ICM has said it already has over 300,000 pre-registrations for .xxx domains.

Source: BBC

jingyeow

March 21, 2011, 7:27 pm

Why would the owners of the IP to the XXX film franchise allow TR to use their materials tying into the .xxx domain?

I'm sure you got permission first....?

Ala Miah

March 22, 2011, 3:25 pm

^ Misleading and potentiallly infring copyright?

Oh TR what art thou doing!

Dashworlds

March 22, 2011, 3:58 pm

The introduction of "xxx" will have no effect on Adult Dotcom websites: they will remain unchanged. There is a possibility that some Adult content may get duplicated at "xxx", so perhaps people will get to see the same content twice.

All ICANN has done is to re-affirm that Alternative DNS is the way forward whilst encouraging more people to vote with their feet looking for new ways to use the World Wide Web . As a direct result, Internet users now can create an unlimited range of (previously unavailable) personalised Non-ICANN domains and TLDs, completely free.

Sites such as Dashworlds.com already provide brand new Dashcom (not Dotcom) domain names. Dashcoms are addresses in format "business-com", "paris-fashion", "social-network" and of course any "xxx" extension you might desire. Totally outside the realm and control of ICANN, Internet users can create any domain in any language, instantly and at no cost.

With users and members in over 90 countries worldwide, resolution is via an APP; although new ISP Links are available to make this unnecessary (ISP Links that are also available to ICANN).

Having just one Internet floating in infinite cyberspace is like saying you can go anywhere in the USA as long as you only use route 66. So now, just as in the USA (and everywhere else in the world) the Internet has more than one option.

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