ICANN Makes .xxx Domains Official Against Recommendations
By on March 18th, 2011

In a vote the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has approved the .xxx as a top level domain (TLD). You know those websites you visit but won’t admit to, will now most probably end with .xxx

While non-profit organizations are happy to have their websites end with .org, the adult industry isn’t as receptive. they believe this will be used to victimize them and believe this affects freedom of speech on the internet with the Free Speech Coalition director, Diane Duke saying, Worse, they have disregarded overwhelming outpouring of opposition from the adult entertainment industry — the supposed sponsorship community — dismissing the interests of free speech on the Internet.

it is reported that about 24 people showed up to protest against the passing of this domain during the ICANN’s San Francisco. If only they had PETA-like protesters, they might have gotten some attention. Neowin did report pornstars siding with the  protesters  though.

For the ICANN the vote was not unanimous either. the count was 9-3 with 4 abstaining. The .xxx domain has quite a bit of history dating back  to 2007. The first vote for the domain level was against it. What followed were quite a bit of debates with one of the board members saying that passing this would encouraging censorship and would also mean that the board will go against the community recommendations.

Kink.com says that them moving to .xxx domains will cost them upto $100,000 per year.

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