Monday, 15 March 2010 09:39

ICANN to reconsider .XXX proposal

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The proposal for a .XXX global top-level domain is back on the agenda following the deliberations of an ICANN review panel.


As long ago as 2004, domain registry ICM applied to ICANN to operate the .XXX global top-level domain (gTLD). The idea was to provide a gTLD for use by the adult entertainment industry.

Apart from providing an opportunity to sell more domain names, there were suggestions that such an arrangement would make it easier for concerned parents to keep this type of material out of their homes simply by blocking the domain at their routers.

That assumed existing domains (eg those in the .com space) weren't used in parallel with the .XXX equivalent.

Views expressed at the 2007 ICANN meeting in Lisbon showed there was no consensus on the issue, with even an adult entertainment trade association speaking against the proposal.

ICANN went on to reject the application later that year.

What happened next? Please read on.




But the organisation's processes were followed, and last month an independent review panel held that the rejection was flawed. Consequently, the ICANN board will adopt a process to reconsider the application at or before the next ICANN international meeting, which is to be held in Brussels in June.

Since 2007, ICANN has adopted a policy that would allow almost any word in almost any language to become a gTLD.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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