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Porn web suffix to go ahead

2010-06-25 10:25

Brussels - The company that oversees web addresses is expected to give the go-ahead on Friday for the creation of a .xxx suffix for websites with pornographic content, company officials indicated on Thursday.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), which oversees the internet on behalf of the US government, has in the past resisted creating a .xxx generic domain name system akin to those for .com and .net.

It has in recent years repeatedly rejected a request by US company ICM Registry Inc to sign off on the .xxx domain.

But members of Icann's board have argued that in order to maintain neutrality in dealing with domain name assignations, it should create .xxx and allow websites with sexually explicit content to start using the suffix on a voluntary basis.

"If expedited due diligence results are successful, then staff will proceed into contract negotiations with ICM (over .xxx)," Icann's general counsel John Jeffrey told delegates at a week-long Icann meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Censorship

Online pornography is a vast industry. Figures collated by Internet Pornography Statistics suggest more than $3 000 is spent on internet pornography every second, with "sex" the number one search term in the world, accounting for 25% of all internet searches.

With an estimated 370 million pornographic websites on the internet, .xxx could become one of the largest domain name repositories, as big if not bigger than .com.

But some members of the adult entertainment industry oppose .xxx, saying it will invite censorship and harm their business. Members of the American religious right also oppose its creation on moral grounds.

Icann is expected to make a formal announcement on its decision on Friday.

Comments
  • jandre - 2010-06-25 10:31

    this would be great yes censorship that will clamp down on child pornography ect as these will be much more regulated in those terms.

  • jacques - 2010-06-25 10:48

    This would be great, once in place simply clamp down on any site not using the .xxx and displays porn, would make filtering porn content easier for system admins

  • Bob's Lawn Service - 2010-06-25 10:51

    Jandre, this has absolutely nothing to do with Child Pornography.

    Also, Child pron is also already hugely clamped down on.

  • Joe - 2010-06-25 11:08

    It makes sense to ring fence porn sites and regulate the web so that every site containing porn must have an .xxx domain. That way those who do not comply can be targeted AND the right type of censorship can be applied. Similarly, countries that fail to impliment sufficient controls where these sites are hosted can now be targeted through international conventions to comply or face penalties. The same arguement about ring fencing and control can be applied to the sex and drug trades if people can just wake up to the fact that total criminalisation is completely useless and a waste of time.

  • Justin - 2010-06-25 12:34

    Read the article please, use of .xxx will be VOLUNTARY, and non pornographic sites will equally be able to use .xxx domains.

  • Fruity - 2010-06-25 13:44

    kewl i will be able to find porn faster now

  • gasguy - 2010-06-25 14:13

    They can take all kinds of censorship and shove it into any available orrifice shown on the xxx sites. All you people with an opinion about censoring and regulating the internet must sell thier computors and go back to the dark ages.Read the article $3000 per second is spent. that is $100million a year. let it be let it be...

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