.XXX gTLD Gets ICANN Approval, Adult Industry Outcry's

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers voted 8-3 to approve an XXX gTLD (generic top level domain) much to the outcry of the adult industry that see it as another expense to stop adult sites using the regular commercial .com extension."Of course we're disappointed but we're not surprised by the ICANN Board's decision. […]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers voted 8-3 to approve an XXX gTLD (generic top level domain) much to the outcry of the adult industry that see it as another expense to stop adult sites using the regular commercial .com extension.

"Of course we're disappointed but we're not surprised by the ICANN Board's decision. As voiced in concerns by speakers at this very conference, ICANN Board has dangerously undervalued the input from governments worldwide," said Free Speech Coalition executive director Diane Duke. "Worse, they've disregarded overwhelming outpouring of opposition from the adult entertainment industry--the supposed sponsorship community--dismissing the interests of free speech on the internet," Adult Video News reported.

Since the regular domains will still be in place, one has to wonder if the committee's claim it'll protect children was accurate and not also motivated by the added revenue the new domain will generate.

Parents would be able to block the entire domain from being accessed, as opposed to tracking adult content using a ,com site - but few people really know how to do that and would need to be shown. So that argument is not strong.

Google could filter using the domain but one has to wonder if they would.