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ICANN delays .xxx again

ICANN delays .xxx again

We really can't go much lower in this pic. Not without bit-tech.xxx, anyway.

It looked like it was in the bag. For a while there, it looked as if we were going to have a new .xxx domain, and porn was going to be headed in its direction - keeping it out of the eyes of young impressionables.

In steps George Dubya, with some issues about the whole thing, and ICANN decide to become ICANT, it seems.

This from the Reg:

The establishment of the domain was originally agreed by ICANN in June, but has been mired in political debate after conservative groups in the US raised concerns about having a TLD specifically for porn. President Bush stepping into the fray with his own worries about a virtual red-light district last month has only slowed the process even further.

At a meeting on Thursday, ICANN's board of directors told staff that ICM Registry, the company that will operate the .xxx domain, will have to agree to further contractual provisions before the adult-entertainment TLD gets the green light.


There is increasing debate about whether domains should be regulated by an independent board representative of world interests, or purely by the US. It seems that, with its mandate up for examination, ICANN is keen to keep the US Administration on-side.

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