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Australia Won’t See .XXX — Some “Resort,” Huh?

23 Mar

One of the most inane things that ICM Registry spokesmillionaire Stuart Lawley has claimed about .XXX is that it will be a “resort” for the adult industry. If he means that hardly anyone outside of the adult industry will spend any time there, he may be right.

As the Free Speech Coalition and many of its members have pointed out, the .XXX puts a huge target on the adult industry, making it easy to block an entire nation from the sTLD’s content (unless, of course, one uses the IP string to locate a site, but that’s another topic…).

This isn’t a hysterical or unreasonable concern… especially since it’s not just the countries one would expect to support censorship of this kind that are considering a lock-down on the sTLD.
Australia, for instance, is developing quite the reputation for suppressing erotic expression. It’s not at all happy about ICANN’s decision to ignore copious opposition and authorize .XXX.

Feds still concerned about .XXX domain

…The Australian Government was among those opposing .XXX. Last October, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told ICANN that there was a “lack of identified public benefit” from the TLD.

A spokesman for the Minister told iTnews today that the Government planned to “continue to work with ICANN to ensure the internet operates in the public benefit”.

Although ICANN claimed that more than 50 percent of the feedback it had received between August and October was in favour of proceeding with the .XXX agreement, Conroy’s spokesman said 89 percent of respondents to a March 2010 consultation opposed .XXX.

“There is significant opposition to .XXX from the general public and key stakeholders,” she said. “Representatives from family groups and the adult industry have strongly opposed .XXX…”

Fortunately, there’s a rebel political party trying to bring common sense back into fashion in Australia. Vote Australian Sex Party!

Aussie Sex Party Says .XXX Represents Censorship

MELBOURNE — Australia Sex Party President Fiona Patten said the new .XXX domain marks the beginning of the end for ICANN and its system of apportioning domain names and numbers.

“How on Earth can they approve a TLD that does not have the support of the relevant industry or GAC [Government Advisory Committee]?” Patten asked.

Patten said the Australian government and the country’s adult industry have been opposed to .XXX since its inception albeit for different reasons.

“Not only have they have ignored advice from us but they have ignored the advice of its own GAC, which included the Australian government,” she said…

 
 

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