Construction of ICANN's Red Light District Put On Hold

from the no-porn-for-you dept

ICANN's plans to implement a .xxx domain are in limbo after their consideration was removed from the agenda of a meeting, with no word on when or if they'd be brought up again. There's been plenty of controversy since the plans were initially approved back in June (as there have been since it was devised years ago), and it's unclear just why it's been dropped. The official line is that ICANN's governmental advisory committee needs more time to review a 350-page report on .xxx that was released only this week, even though it was completed in August, but rumors say there was some high-level intervention from an EU commissioner, but the safer bet would be on pressure from the US government, whose conservative allies aren't happy with the idea of a porn-only domain. If the latter is true, it's certain to raise more questions about US government control of the Internet, and ICANN in particular.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Dec 2005 @ 2:18pm

    XXX domain would be a good thing

    Personally I believe that more governmental controls over online Porn would be a good thing. But the truth is, more control is not ever going to happen. For two reasons, one the US government is not going to be able to control sites based out of other nations no matter how many laws they pass, and two the US courts have made their opinion on regulating porn pretty clear by shooting down most laws that had any teeth. This is unfortunate, but it is the world we live in.
    So I really think that putting the Porn industry on it's own domain would be a good thing. If it was all on a single domain, then it would make it easier for parents to block access. Those who wanted it could easily find it, and everyone would be happier.
    The reason the conservative movement does not want to endorse this, is because it would give Porn a type of legitimacy. Most conservative leaders still believe that with the right combination of laws, they can eradicate porn entirely.

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