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www.joebloggs.xxx – how’s that for a personal website?

This may not be the core market for this new web extension though, as those little x’es aren’t kisses but tell you the content is x-rated.

This means only those in certain industries will be given the option to use the extension. Now as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has finally approved the .xxx extension, it will be given to the “adult entertainment industry” only.

So that’s porn – which should make it clearer to see what’s what on the internet. And with this great suffix also comes responsibilities – those using .xxx will have to meet certain standards.

The approval was delayed because the Bush administration (and US Christian groups) was against .xxx – but isn’t it better to have these sites clearly labelled? The International Foundation for Online Resposibility (IFFOR) will regulate .xxx, making sure the sites do what they are supposed to do to combat child pornography. They also have to conform to best practice to prevent children from seeing the sites.

ShinyJess

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  • The introduction of “xxx” will have no effect on Adult Dotcom websites: they will remain unchanged. There is a possibility that some Adult content may get duplicated at “xxx”, so perhaps people will get to see the same content twice.

    All ICANN has done is to re-affirm that Alternative DNS is the way forward whilst encouraging more people to vote with their feet looking for new ways to use the World Wide Web . As a direct result, Internet users now can create an unlimited range of previously unavailable personalised Non-ICANN domains and TLDs, completely free.

    Sites such as Dashworlds.com already provide brand new Dashcom (not Dotcom) domain names. Dashcoms are addresses in formats such as “business-com” or “paris-fashion” or “social-network” or any “xxx” extension you might desire. Totally outside the realm and control of ICANN, Internet users can create any domain in any language, instantly and at no cost.

    With users and members in over 90 countries worldwide, resolution is via an APP; although new ISP Links are available to make this unnecessary (ISP Links that are also available to ICANN).

    Having just one Internet floating in infinite cyberspace is like saying you can go anywhere in the UK as long as you stick to the M25. So now, just as in the UK (and everywhere else in the world) the Internet has more than one option.

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