Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain

Posted by: IceMyst

Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/18/05 03:22 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet's key oversight agency agreed Tuesday to a one-month delay in approving a new ".xxx" domain name after the U.S. government cited "unprecedented" opposition to a virtual red-light district.

Michael D. Gallagher, assistant secretary for communications and information at the Commerce Department, had stopped short of urging its rejection, but he called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to "ensure the best interests of the Internet community as a whole are fully considered."

The department received nearly 6,000 letters and e-mails expressing concerns about the impact of pornography on families and children and objecting to setting aside a domain suffix for it, he said.

"The volume of correspondence opposed to creation of a .xxx TLD [domain name] is unprecedented," Gallagher wrote to Vinton Cerf, ICANN's chairman.

Gallagher said ICANN should take more time to evaluate those concerns.

The chairman of ICANN's Government Advisory Committee, Mohd Sharil Tarmizi, also wrote ICANN officials last week urging delay and expressing "a strong sense of discomfort" among many countries, which he did not name.

ICANN's board decided Tuesday to rescheduled the matter for September 15.

Approval had been expected as early as Tuesday, five years after the domain name was first proposed and two months after ICANN gave it a tentative OK.

Gallagher's letter, sent last week and made public Monday, had particular resonance because his agency has veto power over ICANN decisions given the U.S. government's role in funding early developing of the Internet and selecting ICANN in 1998 to oversee domain name administration.

But ICANN also was swayed by an agreement to a one-month delay by the chief backers of ".xxx," ICM Registry Inc. of Jupiter, Florida.

Two in five Internet users visited an adult site in April, according to tracking by comScore Media Metrix. The company said 4 percent of all Web traffic and 2 percent of all surfing time involved an adult site.

ICM proposed ".xxx" as a mechanism for the $12 billion online porn industry to clean up its act. All sites using ".xxx" would be required to follow yet-to-be-written "best practices" guidelines, such as prohibitions against trickery through spamming and malicious scripts.

Use of ".xxx" would be voluntary, however.

Skeptics note that porn sites are likely to keep their existing ".com" storefronts, even as they set up shop in the new ".xxx" domain name, reducing the effectiveness of any software filters set up to simply block all ".xxx" names.

Conservative groups such as the Family Research Council also expressed worries that creating a ".xxx" suffix would also legitimize pornographers.

But ICM chairman Stuart Lawley, in a response to ICANN, pointed out that the agency already offered ample opportunity to raise objections.

"We are, to say the very least, disappointed that concerns that should have been raised and addressed weeks and months ago are being raised in the final days," he said.

In an interview, ICM founder Jason Hendeles suggested the criticism stemmed from a misunderstanding of the proposal, and he said its executives would spend the next month trying to clarify its intent.

ICANN on Tuesday also delayed approval of a less controversial domain name, ".cat" for sites devoted to Catalan language and culture, citing a need to further clarify terms of a proposed contract with its sponsors.

More than 260 domain name suffixes exist, mostly country codes such as ".fr" for France. Recent additions include ".eu" for the European Union and ".mobi" for mobile services.
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Posted by: Gremelin

Re: Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/18/05 10:18 PM

bfd, content lockers (like netnanny) will just blacklist the extension as a whole; i see no problems...
Posted by: §intå×

Re: Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/19/05 01:18 AM

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Conservative groups such as the Family Research Council also expressed worries that creating a ".xxx" suffix would also legitimize pornographers.
legitimize...

It is a leagal business. It is legit as far as I know. It isn't like if we stop .xxx we can stop porn on the net. But we could then later say all porn must be on .xxx.

Then rule for each other extension that to own the domain you will not put pornagraphic images up.
Posted by: Gremelin

Re: Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/19/05 03:36 AM

I still fail to see what the big problem is here... I mean we have all of these "keyword" and "content" blockers, many for free... I fail to see why they can't just block this "xxx" extention for users who opt to do so...

I'd however love to see the .com/net/org's ridded of porn; sites like whitehouse.com are a complete waste of bandwidth...
Posted by: IceMyst

Re: Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/19/05 06:33 AM

because of sites like whitehouse.com little kids get to sites they shouldnt see. my sister/neice/whatever you want to call her went a little mermaid site when she was 5 years old on my dad's work computer and it turned out to be hardcore porn. by making the .xxx extention stuff like that wont happen... it will be so much easier to keep porn out of young kids hands...
Posted by: Artic Warrior

Re: Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/19/05 09:58 AM

People will find porn if they want it. If they do make this "xxx" suffix, would porn sites have to add it to thier URL? I can see not all will, especially those outside the US. Though it will make it easier for Net Nanny etc. to block access to these sites.
But this would be a big change and I agree with the delay. Maybe they figured out a sort of back-lash just before the release.
I dont know If im for or against this.
Posted by: Gremelin

Re: Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/19/05 03:45 PM

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Originally posted by Artic Warrior:
People will find porn if they want it. If they do make this "xxx" suffix, would porn sites have to add it to thier URL? I can see not all will, especially those outside the US. Though it will make it easier for Net Nanny etc. to block access to these sites.
They could tigheten the restrictions on what is qualified to operate on non-xxx suffix's which would limit pornography.
Posted by: §intå×

Re: Decision delayed for '.xxx' domain - 08/19/05 07:48 PM

Who said that? Remember? Good looking guy, real smart. Who said that? Oh I know...


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Originally posted by int:
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Conservative groups such as the Family Research Council also expressed worries that creating a ".xxx" suffix would also legitimize pornographers.
legitimize...

It is a leagal business. It is legit as far as I know. It isn't like if we stop .xxx we can stop porn on the net. But we could then later say all porn must be on .xxx.

Then rule for each other extension that to own the domain you will not put pornagraphic images up.