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Porn Sites Could Get Own dot XXX (.xxx) Internet Domain

icannThree years after the idea was rejected by Internet regulators, adult Web sites may now actually get their own Internet domain – .xxx. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has agreed to reconsider its stance on the issue on 12 March, after an earlier decision to allow the domain was reversed as a result of protests from conservative groups in the United States in 2005.

According to the BBC, ICANN’s change of mind is not unconnected with a recent ruling by an arbitration panel of retired judges at the International Centre for Dispute Resolution that their previous resolution to disallow the .xxx domain was inconsistent. If approved, the domain which many experts believe will allow Internet users to filter adult content, could be selling by the end of this year. However, if filtering adult content on the Internet is the main objective for reconsidering the .xxx domain, it is difficult to see how this will be achieved considering the fact that the scheme will only be voluntary and adult sites will still be allowed to use any other domain of their choice.

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What kind of impact do you think having an exclusive domain for pornographic Web sites have on the Internet as a whole?

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10 Comments

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  2. Yes, it will be easy to filter any domain name with .xxx extension. I think a law must compel all the adult site owner to use the .xxx, if not the extension will not serve the purpose, as many adult site we not buy the .xxx, because they not it will be easily filter away.

  3. Sex on television can’t hurt you unless you fall off. Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. “Yes” is the answer.

  4. Wow hey this isn’t a bad idea. This totally would be helpful in identifying adult related sites. But this mean that all adult sites will have to register under this new .xxx ? Or will it be optional? I like the idea. I mean , they do have extensions for just about every other country and business.

  5. Why would conservative groups protest this? It just goes to show how dumb they are. They are more likely just looking for things to protest rather than thinking things through logically. If they would have stopped to think at all, then they would have supported it.

    But, the best point is what everyone has already pointed out. Adult website owners aren’t going to want to have anything to do with it, so it’ll never fly.

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