ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) voted this week to reverse its previous decision to create a new domain, .xxx, for the five billion dollar online pornography industry. Those lobbying for the reversal included both conservative groups, who thought the domain would legitimize pornography, and adult content providers, who thought the domain would hinder their attempts to make pornography mainstream.
Others argue that the decision is indicative of US censorship and will hinder the control of community standards by pushing adult content underground and leaving it unregulated. Some businessmen also lament the decision, thinking that the .xxx domain had the potential to succeed commercially in ways that other non-dot-com domains haven’t.
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