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is the internet really not ready for XXX

26 March 2010

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) have decided to delay yet again the decision on whether or not to establish the controversial .XXX domain name suffix for adult sites. This issue has now been debated for nearly a decade and it is time that ICANN makes the right decision and establishes the right to sell XXX domain names.

ICANN had previously accepted a request from a domain name registry to be permitted to sell .XXX domain names but subsequently changed its mind after very considerable pressure from a number of conservative groups. Given the very nature of the internet and the fact that it is the most prolific “provider” of adult material surely it is some what bizarre that ICANN should continue to get embroiled in any moral argument or judgement. 

In fact to establish the .XXX domain name may well help those so inclined easily navigate their way to these sites, and equally help parents easily identify adult sites so that they can keep their children away.  However, others argue that it will be seen as legitimising porn sites. The debate will continue but we can expect a decision in June.

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