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ICANN, the governing body behind the Internet has finally approved .XXX domains, almost 10 years after the idea was brought to the group.

 
The domain, Dot Triple-X, was approved by the international Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), which administers millions of internet addresses. It had been pending since 2003 and was resisted by the Bush government but progressed unopposed by Barack Obama's administration. 
 
With a vote of 9-3, and despite objections from the adult industry, the measure passed. 

Adult sites can choose to use the new domain, but are not required to do so.

The Free Speech Coalition, the main opponent to the vote because it represents many businesses in the adult industry, says the move will raise costs for porn providers, thanks to the need to register .xxx domains on top of their current addresses.

Additionally, the Coalition says the new domain will make it much easier for filters to block adult sites in bulk. 

Dot Triple-X will be managed by the online address registering company ICM Registry, which has long fought for a legitimate domain set aside for sexually explicit material on the net.

More than 230,000 pornographic websites have reserved an address ending in .xxx, in anticipation of the eventual approval of the domain name.

Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry, said the first .xxx websites would be going live by June or July of this year.

"For the first time, there will be a clearly defined web address for adult entertainment, further out of the reach of minors and as free as possible from fraud or computer viruses," he said.

Use of the domain name is voluntary and is designed to shut out child porn and incorporate heightened security barriers, making it harder for children to stumble on sexual content online.

From : afterdawn.com and guardian.co.uk

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