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Porn Domain on Hold

Recently ICANN the internet’s key oversight agency approved a domain name for the Catalan language. Thus now the”.cat” suffix can be used by websites catering to everything Catalan !!

But ICANN deferred on the “.xxx” domain name. […link]

 

What is really interesting is the people who are opposing it

“…The “.xxx” domain has met with opposition from conservative groups and some pornography websites,…”

The idea of setting up the domain is in principle very ideal

“…the domain would help the $12 billion online porn industry clean up its act. Those using the domain would have to abide by yet-to-be-written rules designed to bar such trickery as spamming and malicious scripts…”

On the other hand anti-porn advocates say

“…that sites would be free to keep their current “.com” address, in effect making porn more easily accessible by creating yet another channel to house it. And they say such a domain name would legitimize adult sites,…”

 

Now in all this my main gripe is one of freedom of speech. If porn sites take up the .xxx domain, it becomes very easy to monitor content and then ban it. In countries like India where pornography is illegal, the government has an easy task of ordering all ISP’s to ban .xxx domains.

This is an infringement of free speech. I do not say that porn is good or bad, but I firmly believe that the individual and not the government should have the right to determine that for themselves.

If governments around the world made it mandatory for sites with pornographic content to adopt the .xxx domain name, then it will be easier them to monitor violators and bring to punishment, despots who deal in child pornography and the sex trade.

It is a fine line, but i firmly believe that everything on the internet should be controlled by the individual and not the government or some authority.

 

An interesting fact from the article is that “two of every five internet users visited in April, according to tracking by comScore Media Metrix.”

So my question is, would you still go to porn sites if it had the .xxx domain, which will make you easily identifiable as one of the “two” people mentioned above !!!

As for other domain names that have been approved in the past few years and are slowly showing up in the mainstream are .museum .aero .eu .info

Another domain .asia was also deffered at the same meeting.

All in all, my vote for the the best domain …the one that rocks is .IN ……mera bharat mahaan !!

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