ICANN Rejects .xxx




Despite support from some adult sites and anti-porn activists, the ICM Registry’s proposal for a .xxx top-level domain was rejected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in a 9-5 vote. ICANN states that a .xxx TLD would be difficult to enforce worldwide as well as create “public policy concerns.”

From CNET:

“ICM’s response does not address (the ICANN Government Advisory Committee’s) concern for offensive content and similarly avoids the GAC’s concern for the protection of vulnerable members of the community,” ICANN stated in the meeting. “The board does not believe these public-policy concerns can be credibly resolved with the mechanisms proposed by the applicant.”

ICANN also noted that ICM’s proposal could raise significant compliance issues with law enforcement agencies around the globe, many of which have different laws governing pornography.

I never really expected the .xxx TLD to gain acceptance, even if ICANN had endorsed the proposal. While some adult sites and anti-porn activists applaud the effort, there is plenty of opposition to the measure from both sides. (And I have to admit, I cynically believe that a significant proportion of adult sites rely on mistakes and typos in type-in traffic to get visitors.)

  • http://www.wpromote.com/blog/ Mike Mothner

    The .xxx domain I thought was a solid idea, but without any sort of mandate that adult sites need to have that extension (not that I support that concept), all it really seemed to serve to do was increase the number of adult-related domains out there.

  • http://www.wpromote.com/blog/ Mike Mothner

    Thought I’d follow up again and point to one of my new co-authors who wrote a very humorous post on the .xxx topic:

    http://www.wpromote.com/blog/

  • http://software.allaboutthese.org Jonix

    It’s too bad that they reject this one. This tld would be a great way to make a big difference between normal and sex sites. The internet should have this. If that had resulted, then search engines should only index a sex site if he was at a .xxx domain. I know that would result in a big problem to the industry, but you all must agree, specially who have kids, that there’s alot of crap out there, really alot of crap.

  • http://wpromote.com/seo Aaron Kronis

    Re: the post mike referred to above, here’s the permalink:

    http://www.wpromote.com/blog/random/lets-talk-about-sexxx/

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