ICANN Once Again Shoots Down .xxx TLD

from the try-try-again dept

The proposal to create a .xxx top-level domain for porn and adult content has been rejected by ICANN several times, as the group recognizes that it really isn't a very good idea. ICANN has again rejected the proposal, saying the company behind it hadn't adequately addressed previous concerns about how content in the TLD would be policed. What's odd is that ICANN board members said the group shouldn't be in the business of overseeing internet content, because it's inconsistent with its technical role. While that's correct, the position would appear to be at odds with ICANN's approval of the .mobi TLD for mobile content, in which it's given the .mobi registrar the ability to dictate what sort of content appears on sites in the domain (though, it looks as if they won't enforce their rules if you give them enough money). And money, of course, is why all of these useless TLDs keep being proposed and approved. Don't think that the guy behind the repeated .xxx TLD proposal has any sort of altruistic purposes at all -- in his own words, he's doing it "to make a pile of money.". ICANN doesn't need to give him (or anybody else proposing another pointless TLD) that opportunity.
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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Mar 2007 @ 4:12pm

    Re: Re: Won't work

    I agree 100% that if there was a way to identify porn, then quarantine it, that would be best. I struggle though with the definition of porn. I've been around rather prudish people who vehemently object to their 13 year olds seeing a Michelangelo sculpture or a Rubins painting because they believe it's pornographic!

    I have no problem with their values and opinions, but my fear is given the opportunity, those opinions would creep into laws that I don't agree with. (e.g. Blue Laws of years ago).

    I don't have an answer to the problem, although it's always been in the back of my mind that it might be interesting if every website page or internet content that's being 'sent' to my computer be required to send a token/cookie first, informing my browser that I'm about to load a page that contains content that's rated G, PG, R, X, XXX etc. I could then set my browser to accept all content to a certain level. Technically I'm not sure if this would work, plus it would probably involved the formation of a standards committee, but at who's expense? Who would enforce it? What would be the penalty for not transmitting a token? How would the content be reviewed and rated...and a thousand other questions.

    This is a tough one.

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