ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

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Nulander
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ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Post by Nulander » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:37 pm

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given the .XXX top-level domain (TLD) its final seal of approval. The TLD is meant to give pornographic websites a clearly marked home on the Internet, but it has gone through so many ups and downs over the last 11 years that it's almost a shock that it has finally gone through. Still, the measure didn't pass without opposition—nine ICANN board members voted in favor of .XXX, while three opposed and four abstained—and the vote went against the recommendation of ICANN's Government Advisory Committee.

The .XXX TLD was initially proposed by ICM Registry in 2000 and resubmitted in 2004, but it faced strong opposition from politicians and conservative groups. After the second .XXX proposal was approved in 2005, the Family Research Council (FRC) launched a campaign arguing that the TLD would allow pornographers to "expand their evil empires on the Internet." The porn industry opposed the TLD as well, arguing that it would lead to censorship and promote legislation harmful to the industry.

URL Article: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/icann-approves-xxx-red-light-district-for-the-internet.ars

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RE: ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Post by NotBuyingIt » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:53 pm

Should, or will, WOT automatically assign a red ('very poor') Child Safety rating to all .XXX domains and dispense with individual users' ratings for Child Safety?

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RE: ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Post by Guest » Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:00 am

@ NotBuyingIt,

That would probably be right 99.9% of the time, but for that 0.1% it wasn't, I can see the headline by the disgruntled and pissed off owner now: "WOT dispenses with established mechanism of rating and 'automatically' rates some sites without even visiting them to assess the content or running safety tools for evaluation."

Moreover, WOT wouldn't want to do anything "automatically" anyway . . . how could you justify an error when you depart from your routine mechanism of rating for just a select set of web sites? Would you say, "Well . . . it's right most of the time"? I think not . . . WOT wouldn't want to place itself at risk like that intentionally.


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RE: ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Post by c۞g » Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:01 am

First .xxx TLD needs to be implemented

IMO, *all* adult related domains currently having: .com / .net / .info / .us / .biz / etc etc should be forced to relinquish their existing TLD / ccTLD domains and be replaced with .xxx

Browsers could then implement a password protected access on that TLD; perfect child safety / filter.

As for WOT.
Yeah great idea .xxx = 0 - 1 on the Child Safety rating; let users bring it "up" if they feel the content is deserving for young eyes.
Anyone ignorant enough to register a .xxx domain for their church / charity - deserves poor child safety ratings to begin with.

Of course, there could be mywot.xxx - for the hardcore raters out there. LOL

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"but for that 0.1% it wasn't..."

Post by phantazm » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:07 am

Can anyone mention any examples of exceptions? Or at least think of a possible exception..?

If there are no exceptions, then why not set "child safety" low automatically..?

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"to register a .xxx domain for their church..."

Post by phantazm » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:16 am

g7w: "Anyone ignorant enough to register a .xxx domain for their church / charity - deserves poor child safety ratings to begin with."

Some tlds require that the sites content actually is what the name suggests; if you use "biz" you need to have some kind of business.
If XXX domains were treated similarly, then we would avoid the mistakes that g7w suggests. (Although we still shouldn't underestimate human stupidity...)

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RE: ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Post by flukie » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:20 am

WOT seems to rate sites now WITHOUT visiting them, I had 4 unrated sites, I asked one to be looked at and all 4 got red warnings, WOT claims to be a hosting company, but they are also the producers of the software and refused to discuss the matter with me. If I mention my sites here they will remove my entry as they don't want the truth to come out. There are lots of discussions like this by many others everywhere on the web

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RE: ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Post by Guest » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:23 am

Don't go off topic..
You would get a red flag for this spamming!!! if you have any problem with your website rating post a new topic....

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RE: ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Post by Guest » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:28 am

this time ICANN thinks a little bit logically....

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RE: "but for that 0.1% it wasn't..."

Post by Guest » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:30 am

@ phantazm,

The fact that we can't think of exceptions doesn't mean there isn't one.

Haven't you ever said to yourself. "Geeeezzz, I never thought of that."?

Just as soon as we all can't think of one, bigger'n crap one will pop up . . . "Geeezzz, I never thought of that'.

And as far as downrating someone stupid enough to take a .XXX TLD just for being "stupid" . . . well, then I guess we ought to have a new rating category titled "Stupid".

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