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ICANN approves creation of .xxx domain dedicated to porn websites

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a not-for-profit organization that oversees the naming scheme for websites, has given its approval for the creation of the .xxx domain, an internet domain dedicated to pornography.

According to ICM Registry, which is backing the domain, .xxx would make it easier to filter out inappropriate content on the web. Welcoming the ICANN decision, Stuart Lawley, chairman, ICM, has said it is “great news for those that wish to consume, or avoid, adult content”.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a not-for-profit organization that oversees the naming scheme for websites, has given its approval for the creation of the .xxx domain, an internet domain dedicated to pornography.

According to ICM Registry, which is backing the domain, .xxx would make it easier to filter out inappropriate content on the web. Welcoming the ICANN decision, Stuart Lawley, chairman, ICM, has said it is “great news for those that wish to consume, or avoid, adult content”.

ICANN has said the next step would be talks with ICM Registry to ensure that it still has sufficient backing from the adult industry to justify its creation. ICM expects the first .xxx domains to go live in early 2011. According to ICM, it has more than 110,000 pre-reservations for .xxx domains. [Source: BBC News]

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