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  • 08/17/2005
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It's Time To Approve The .xxx Porn Domain

ICANN should ignore pressure from the tight-lipped puritans and finally give approval to a .xxx porn domain. This week, the Internet's oversight agency delayed approving the domain due to pressure from the feds. Like it or not, porn is here...
ICANN should ignore pressure from the tight-lipped puritans and finally give approval to a .xxx porn domain. This week, the Internet's oversight agency delayed approving the domain due to pressure from the feds. Like it or not, porn is here to stay --- and Internet users like it, considering that 40% of them visited a porn site in April, according to comScore Media Metrix. The .xxx red light porn district would at least have rules of the road, such as prohibiting malicious scripts, although I'm not sure pornsters would really follow them. It would make site-blocking easier, though. And it might stop the proliferation of .com porn sites, even though those would still be allowed. Powerful conservative special interest groups like the Family Research Council oppose the domain. But in this, like in so many other things, they're wrong. So it's time for ICANN to face the pressure and approve the domain.

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