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25 June 2010 @ 02:18 pm
ICANN approves the .xxx Top-Level Domain  

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The board of net overseer Icann gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx domain at its conference in Brussels.

Icann's approval will kick off a fast-track process to get the porn-only domain set up.

ICM Registry, which is backing the domain, said .xxx would make it easier to filter out inappropriate content.

The decision ends a long campaign by ICM Registry to win approval.

Stuart Lawley, chairman of ICM, welcomed the decision and said it was "great news for those that wish to consume, or avoid, adult content".
Porn police

Icann, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, said the next step would be talks with ICM Registry to ensure that it still had sufficient backing from the adult industry to justify its creation.

Icann oversees the net's addressing system and demands that new top level domains, such as .biz, must be "sponsored" in that they must serve the needs of a defined community.

ICM has said it expected the first .xxx domains to go live in early 2011. It said it had more than 110,000 pre-reservations for .xxx domains.

During the debate on approval, Icann board members said mistakes had been made in denying approval before now.

The denial was "not consistent with the application of neutral, objective and fair documented policy".

Some board members said they were personally "uncomfortable" with the decision to approve .xxx but could not block it because ICM had followed Icann's rules for setting up a new top-level domain.

Initial approval for .xxx was given in 2005 but this was rescinded following protests from politically conservative groups. Icann also said it was worried that it would be asked to police content - a role it was not created for.

In February 2010, a panel of US judges said Icann erred in denying the approval of the domain. Icann accepted that ruling and began a public consulation process on whether the domain should be approved.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: caticonfatfred on June 25th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I like the idea that .xxx means porn.
The people who want it can find it and those who don't can stay away.
Unlike whitehouse.com vs whitehouse.gov it's pretty damned apparent what you are getting into.
It would also make it easier to filter. Good and bad there.

I'm against censorship, but I do believe that certain subjects can/should be filtered to appropriate audiences. Gay porn can be adults only, but a kids book, written for that age level, about gay parents... Fine!
Am I making any sense?
Shadow/Brookekengr on June 26th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
One of the issues (and one that caused the adult industry to rethink their enthusiasm) is that they may get *forced* to stick anything remotely "adult" into this ghetto.

Also, want to bet that a lot of places won't even resolve the domain?
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: caticonfatfred on June 26th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
That is true too. We can already see that the line between what is ADULT and what isn't is a very thin one.
Mapplethorp: Art or XXX?
Sexual information: Edu/medical or XXX?
Text only: Erotica or XXX?
Thorfinnthorfinn on June 27th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
What is actually helpful is that you can safely say "anything in .xxx is adults only".

I don't think there's any likelihood that "everything" adult only will be forced into there though.
Barbrahirah on June 25th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Frankly, that seems like a great idea, and I can't see why they didn't do something like this ages ago. You'd think even conservatives would like to have all the porn neatly labeled and in one place, given that they consume the lion's share of it...
Shadow/Brookekengr on June 26th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
The conservatives don't want it to exist at all.

And a lot of the adult industry is reconsidering (I have a friend who works in the industry). They don't want to be required to use it and they don't like the possibility of getting *forced* into it.
Shadow/Brookekengr on June 26th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
This is a lot messier than it sounds. A friend who used to write for several adult industry publications went into the bad side of it a couple years back.

Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: caticonfatfred on June 26th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)

Shadow/Brookekengr on June 26th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Dunno about any links. There *may* be some stuff in her LJ account darklady_produc. You could also try her Yahell group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheDarkAtrium
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: caticonfatfred on June 26th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)

Ah... lots of entries there.
May browse later.
Many Thanks!