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Will .XXX be the Loneliest sTLD on the Interwebs?

04 Apr

There’s something especially sad and ironic about an sTLD dedicated to sex that doesn’t seem to have a friend in the world.

Given that even though .XXX wants us to make a financially risky and high cost commitment to it — but doesn’t really know how it feels about us (or how much it plans to charge us so it can make up its mind), it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, least of all ICM Registry.

I’ve only been to the Phoenix Forum once, but it was one of the best adult online industry conferences that I’ve ever attended. While I’m glad that ICM Registry sent someone to speak with the professionals assembled, I’m disappointed — and more than a little tired of yet more non-answers.

After so many years, you’d think the company would have figured out what it will charge and what it will offer in return.

You’d think.

– Darklady

Nobody wants the new .XXX sex domain

Over the last few years we’ve seen various attempts by governments to censor and control the Internet. China has sort to stop criticism of its policies and to suppress the views of dissidents by controlling internet information at its cyber borders and employing large numbers of people to spy on its citizens’ internet activity. Australia has set up a regulatory scheme which includes a black list of sites that are either X rated or Refused Classification.

There are other ways that governments use to censor the internet including the provision of extreme penalties for viewing certain types of material. In Iran for example, you can be executed for getting around government filters and under some circumstances, just watching porn.

However all these attempts to censor the internet tend to come from governments – and occasionally morals groups who push governments. Censorship of the internet hardly ever comes from the internet industry itself, for obvious reasons. Last week that all changed. In what must rank as one of the most stupid and transparently self-serving decisions on the internet thus far, the international organisation charged with creating and regulating internet domain names, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), approved a new .XXX domain (TLD) for adult and sexually explicit sites.

To read more, visit: ABC

For a prime example of how unpopular .XXX is, read: .XXX Comes Under Fire at The Phoenix Forum

Check out another IT publication that realizes adult professionals don’t like .XXX: Impenetrable Processes and Fool’s Gold at ICANN

 
 

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