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ICANN has porn?

One of the biggest money making segments on the internet is pornography. For years, the U.S.-based ICM Registry Inc company has been petitioning for a new top level domain specifically for the porn industry.

ICANN has repeatedly denied the request to create a domain .xxx that would be used by sites with adult or pornographic material. In 2007, ICANN denied the request to create the .xxx domain with ICANN chairman Dr. Vinton Cerf stating, "[The] decision was the result of very careful scrutiny and consideration of all the arguments."

Reuters reports that ICANN is now expected to finally approve the .xxx domain as early as today. Members of the ICANN board are arguing that in order to maintain neutrality, ICANN should allow the creation of the .xxx domain.

ICANN general counsel John Jeffrey said, "If expedited due diligence results are successful, then staff will proceed into contract negotiations with ICM [for the .xxx domain]."

Figures collected by Internet Pornography Statistics claim $3,000 per second is spent online for pornography and that the term "sex" is the most searched term on the internet, making up a full 25% of all search queries. There are unsurprisingly several groups that are against the .xxx – religious groups are opposed on moral grounds. 

Oddly, some pornography industry insiders also oppose the creation stating that the .xxx domain would invite censorship. That makes sense considering if most porn sites used the domain the .xxx domain could simply be blocked entirely with firewalls whereas most businesses can’t block all access to .com or .net websites.

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RE: hmmm...
By smackababy on 6/25/2010 11:10:40 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if they will be required to use .xxx domain names. If they are, then yes, it will lead to censorship somewhat. I think porn should be championing their own domain. It isn't like a firewall is going to stop people from buying porn... It is a multi-billion dollar a year industry.

RE: hmmm...
By adiposity on 6/25/2010 11:34:05 AM , Rating: 2
It will be optional, for now. Regulating content is different from allowing a new domain suffix, and I'm not sure ICANN can even do content regulation.

RE: hmmm...
By MozeeToby on 6/25/2010 11:36:32 AM , Rating: 3
There are no plans to have adults sites moved to the new domain, doing so would be technically difficult and economically unfeasible. Kind of makes the whole thing moot in my opinion.

I'd be more interested in setting up a .kids top level domain, which could be a semi-walled garden of child appropriate material. It would give parents an safe option for when they couldn't directly supervise their child's internet habits and doesn't have the privacy, ethical, and censorship issues that a .xxx domain creates.

RE: hmmm...
By raumkrieger on 6/25/2010 12:07:20 PM , Rating: 3
The walled garden approach to the internet will lead to one of two things: Either kids will grow up naive and socially retarded, or they'll grow up learning to circumvent all methods of censorship.

RE: hmmm...
By ekv on 6/26/2010 12:16:52 AM , Rating: 2
I Disagree. There is a place for age-appropriate content. Parents can relax controls as age and trust increase.

RE: hmmm...
By Solandri on 6/26/2010 1:55:35 PM , Rating: 2
The walled garden approach to the internet will lead to one of two things: Either kids will grow up naive and socially retarded, or they'll grow up learning to circumvent all methods of censorship.

If that is what you believe, then you do not have to put your kids in that walled garden. It is not an argument for preventing other people from putting their kids within that walled garden if they believe the approach will work.

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