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ICANN rejects XXX domain for third time

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No go for .xxxIn a battle that’s been going on since 2001 (and an idea circulated years before that), the XXX domain was once again defeated by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) on Friday, March 30, 2007. It was a 9-5 decision and the third rejection in seven years.

The top-level XXX (.xxx) domain would have been used for all porn and adult oriented sites but come with enforcement difficulties, could have been construed as a form of censorship and simply too heated a public topic.

At least two entities have already come out in praise of the decision to reject the .xxx domain.

Family Research Council (FRC) sent a release stating:

“This is a victory for the American public and our supporters who by the thousands contacted the Commerce Department and ICANN to voice opposition to a XXX domain. Instead of relegating porn to a specific domain, the government would have actually been facilitating the adult industry’s growth. In other words, the XXX would have established a virtual red light district, giving pornographers even more opportunities to flood our homes, libraries and communities with illegal, hardcore obscenity.

“The XXX domain would have given false hope to an American public which wants illegal pornographers prosecuted, not rewarded with a cloak of legitimacy. FRC will continue to press the Justice Department to use the tools at its disposal to enforce existing obscenity laws. Now is the time for pornographers to answer for their crimes which violate the dignity of the women and men involved, destroy marital bonds, and pollute the minds of child and adult consumers.”

Focus on the Family also sent out a release stating:

“ICANN’s decisive vote against the .xxx top-level domain is great news for families around the world. From the very beginning this idea held out false hope for parents concerned with filth on the Internet. It’s a strange notion to suggest that we can help kids by sanctioning, endorsing and proliferating the very material that threatens them.

“True and lasting protection will only come from vigorous enforcement of federal obscenity laws. Without the help of federal law enforcement, parents will always be fighting an uphill battle to protect their children.

“Against nearly universal opposition, ICM Registry has pursued this idea and even today it vows to fight on. The truth is that no one will benefit from this idea except the company proposing it. Let’s call this notion what it really is – a shameless attempt to make millions off the endangerment of children and families.”

It seems that creating a designated porn domain would make it even easier for filters to simply screen out .xxx than having to search for site keywords across all the other domains. Policing porn is already an issue regardless of the domain – kids can find porn no matter the domain. The .xxx domain is not so much a mater of censorship as a matter of proper labeling. After all, only the government can use .gov and education entities can use .edu, right?

What do you think?

Read [Nordic Hardware] Also Read [ICANN’s Decision]

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  • Mary Lunsford

    I think the .xxx domain is a great idea. Even tho I don't go to porn sights, at least I would know what the sight contained and filter it.

    Seems to me these people opposing the .xxx are more interested in stopping people that want to see porn from doing so, rather than finding a way to control what their children see.

    As long as there are people that want to see porn…there will be porn. Nothing the government, Focus on Family or anyone else will ever stop it.

    If children want to find porn sights they will find a way to see them. At least with the .xxx domain the parents will know what their children are viewing if they check the pc history.

    I agree that the .xxx domain would be proper labeling, not censorship.