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It’s Here… (.XXX)


It’s finally here!  Or coming soon (pun intended).

This week, after years of debate, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gave what WaPo is calling, “the green light to the virtual red-light district.”  The approval grants ICM Registry’s .XXX web suffix with the same rights as .com, .net, .co.uk and other top level domains (TLDs).

While registrars will set their own end user pricing, .XXX domains will wholesale for around $60 per domain.  They will likely be available for purchase within the next three months.

But before you rush out to get whitehouse.xxx, know that registry operators are obligated to set aside a number of names designated by ICANN.  In addition, they will set aside certain geographic, culturally significant and other names.

But not everyone is smelling the roses for dedicated porn URLs.  The Obama Administration and some foreign nations will claim that the domain’s offensive material will only encourage oppressive regimes to block .xxx entirely.  And then, of course, there are the morality cops.

So far, the only official Obama Administration response is,

“We are disappointed that ICANN ignored the clear advice of governments worldwide, including the US. This decision goes against the global public interest, and it will open the door to more Internet blocking by governments and undermine the stability and security of the Internet.”

– Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling

For everything you would want to know about the new TLDs, you can visit the ICM Registry.

One response to “It’s Here… (.XXX)

  1. Meredith March 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    I didn’t realize the Obama administration had come out against this. Interesting statement.

    Personally, I think it won’t make a big difference. Organizations (“regimes” is spin) that want to block porn already do so very effectively. My wife’s work, for example, won’t allow any site that hasn’t been rated with SafeSurf or a similar protocol. Not sites with an adult rating – ANY site that hasn’t been rated, even if it’s G-rated, can’t be viewed from my wife’s work. Sure, it blocks out lots of innocent sites, but you better believe it blocks the porn!

    Of course there are less draconian ways of blocking porn, too. You can just block anything with a high SafeSurf rating, and there are other methods to block the porn sites that don’t use SafeSurf. You don’t need the .xxx TLD to tell you if something is porn.

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