Delay for the .XXX domain?

Maybe I’m nuts, but I always thought the .XXX domain had a place on the internet.  Let there be a domain type reserved exclusively for adult-only sites, and let those of us with kids exclude the domain type from our routers.  Give us back WhiteHouse.com and don’t penalize us for inadvertently clicking craiglist.com!  Note: don’t navigate to either of those sites.

Of course, the way the internet grew (I don’t mean how fast; I mean the way it grew virally .. more like mutation), there was chaos and little organization.  I remember when .net domains were “supposed” to be for ISPs and .org domains were “supposed” to be for non-profits.   This all changed when we “ran out” of .com addresses: companies scurried to collect .org and .net, just to protect the body / root name of their domains.  I even recall when the .cc and .tv domain types were introduced in an attempt to give companies an option.  So many domain names and types; so many opportunities to hijack them.

I digress: just wanted to spout.  This post is actually a meme about how ICANN is being encouraged to delay the availability of the .xxx domain (again) by the feds.

Wired: “Feds urge delay for .xxx domain
SlashDot: “Top Level .xxx Domain Concept Under Scrutiny

.. and the article on the June 1, 2005 approval from News.com: “Porn-Friendly" ‘.xxx’ domains approved”.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

One Response to Delay for the .XXX domain?

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