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, 2 Apr 2007 @ 6:07am

    I love how it seems to be the basic assumption that if you "Quarantine" porn, it will remove everything objectionable from the internet and make it safe for kids again..

    Never mind sites with violent content, hate speech, bomb making instructions, online predators etc. Once porn is quarantined, all that will go away!

    If your solution is to clean up the internet for kids, .xxx will not work (and is as easily bypassed, if not more so, than your existing internet filters anyways). .XXX is not, nor ever was a mandatory thing. Porn companies dont have to use it. The only way it would be mandatory is if government got involved. Do you really want to hand out yet another invitation for government to get involved in your life? We could find ourselves in the situation where, you accidentally show a picture on your political blog, critical of the government and get a notice requiring you to move your website to .xxx or face the consequences because there was a nipple slip in it you didn't see. Or someone decides a picture is to racy and you dont have documentation to prove the person in the picture is 18..

    If your solution is just to try and further stigmatize or ghetto-ize certain forms of free speech, then .xxx is something you should support..

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