by Mike Masnick

And What Happens After .xxx?

from the herding-the-other-porn-sites-into-the-porn-district? dept

Now that ICANN is considering another bunch of top level domains, the questions and concerns over the ".xxx" domain are on the way back. Last time, when ICANN approved other TLDs like .biz and .info, .xxx just barely missed making the cut. It actually sparked some outrage from certain politicians who favored the domain as a way to give porn sites an address that can easily be blocked. Now, Declan McCullough is looking at the .xxx proposal and potential political problems it may cause. The guy pushing to run .xxx believes (probably accurately) that he'll make a tremendous amount of money doing so. However, one thing he doesn't want to do is to force all porn sites to use a .xxx domain. Even thought it could make him wealthier, he is actively speaking out against anyone who suggests that idea. Some politicians, though, are drooling over the opportunity to cordon off all porn sites into an .xxx area. While I also think the domain should be approved, and that it would be beneficial for most porn sites to use that TLD (knowing that any visitors actually are interested in porn, rather than tricking people into visiting your site - and pissing off those who don't want to view porn), forcing porn sites into using .xxx would be a very bad move. Already, almost no two people can agree on what exactly "porn" is. This has always been a problem on the internet - and many online filtering/blocking companies have already run into problems for blocking sites on safe sex or breast cancer for being "porn" sites. Who determines whether or not these sites need to move to .xxx? It's a subjective thing, and that's where forcing sites into a certain area becomes very difficult to manage.

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    Ed Halley, 22 Mar 2004 @ 11:17am

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    It seems that people have this perception that these new TLDs are chosen for some sort of *philosophical* or *strategic* purpose.

    Unlike .edu|mil|gov|org|com, the new TLDs have nothing to do with trying to organize the web according to the content or according to the owners of said content.

    The new TLDs are only being created for ONE reason, and that is MONEY TO THE ICANN. Look at the way the bids were vetted and accepted, and you'll see it has nothing to do with the idea, but with the amount of money that can be funneled to ICANN. The TLDs are accepted or denied based on the qualities of the proposed registrar, not the logic of the new domain concept.

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