The web’s “red light district” – ICANN appoves .xxx domain

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The internet is to get a little bit dirtier, or cleaner, depending on where you stand. ICAAN, the body who regulates the domain names (such as our name, techgeek.com.au), has approved the creation of a new top-level domain name .xxx.

Two members were reported to have abstained, according to Domain Name Wire.

The .xxx domain’s approval has been controversial, with many board members spoke out against the proposal, as this would upset governments – including in countries where pornography is banned or treated as taboo. One board member, Johnston Rodin, labelled it as a “lose-lose” situation as if it is not approved by ICANN then the new process for TLDs would certainly allow for its approval. Rodin voted in favour.

It has also been criticised by some in the industry as it would create a stigmatised section of the Internet due to the main nature of the domain name, and could allow governments a way to easily censor their sites. ICANN, however, has not stated that all porn sites be moved to .xxx domain names – they can still use and/or retain other domain names.

ICM Registry, the company pushing this ahead, hopes to start selling the domain names in June only for those with trademarks, and for everyone in spring (our time).

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