.XXX Domain Squabble XXX-tra Silly
from the there's-porn-on-the-internet? dept
Plans for the .xxx porn top-level domain have been mired in controversy, with politicians and activists unable to decide if it helps or hinders the proverbial "protecting the children". Under pressure from the US Department of Commerce, ICANN has several times delayed a final vote on .xxx, though it will apparently consider the domain at its board meeting today. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting look at some of the people and arguments behind .xxx, including the British entrepreneur (who now, unsurprisingly, lives in Florida and has been involved in shady deals in the past) pushing for it who "hopes to make a pile of money" from registrar fees. After all, that's what this is really about. The .xxx domain won't make porn easier to block (or indeed, easier to find), and despite what some conservative critics say, it won't attract more porn to the internet -- if that's even possible -- nor will it "legitimize" the net porn business, that happened a long time ago. .xxx is but the latest in a line of fairly useless domains that really do little more than line the coffers of ICANN and various registrars, but the debate over it is particularly silly, highlighting the folly of ICANN's rule over the internet. Update: The coalition of conservatives and porn-site owners that opposed .xxx have won out, as ICANN has rejected the domain.