December 10, 2010

Creation Of XXX Domain Could Soon Be Approved

Internet specialists gathered in Columbia on Thursday to discuss the creation of an "xxx" domain for pornographic websites.

"Since we cannot fight the pornographic industry on the Internet, a thousand-headed monster... we are demanding that they be socially responsible and adopt a code of ethics," Carmen Sanchez, from the non-government group, Internet Commitment for Social Responsibility (ICSR), based in Spain, said at the meeting.

The group hopes that the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will approve the creation of the domain name Friday during its convention in the Columbian city of Cartagena.

"We should have a sort of red zone on the web where, under the name '.xxx.' we can clearly identify pages we do not want children to see and block them," Sanchez said.

ICM Registry, which is a company sponsored by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR), owns the domain name and has been trying to get the green light from ICANN since 2004.

ICM Registry would sell .xxx addresses for $60 each to about 500,000 adult entertainment providers if ICANN finalizes the deal.

"An exclusive domain for adult entertainment has the advantage of allowing for greater control over their content and, in addition, for each web page added to the domain we will donate 10 dollars to finance initiatives to protect children," ICM Registry chief Stuart Lawley told the conference.

The .xxx domain would join other so-called Top-Level Domains (TLDs), including .com, .edu, .mil, .gov and a host of country code TLDs.

Sanchez said that conservative and religious groups in the U.S. held up the process because they feared that creating the domain name would further normalize the industry.
However, ICANN has remained neutral in the debate.

"Opening up the name space to new generic top level domains is intended to promote competition, innovation and consumer choice in a safe and stable manner," ICANN head Rod Beckstrom told the conference this week.

According to ICSR, global Internet pornography generates about $3,000 a second and the keyword "sex" appears in a fourth of all online searches.


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