ICANN approves dot-XXX Top Level Domain

ICANN recently approved dot-XXX Top Level Domain (TLD) for, you guessed it, porn. Yeap, the dot-XXX TLD falls under the sponsored top-level domain category. Sponsored TLD is a specialized top-level domain that has a sponsor representing a specific community served by the domain. Domains like dot-Asia, dot-Mobi and dot-museum are all sponsored TLD.

This means that url like playboy.xxx or sex.xxx will soon be possible. But it will take some time before we seeing these .xxx domains. This is because ICANN still need to review the contract proposed for the operation of the domain. We might need to wait till next year before we start seeing these .xxx domains.

But here’s the thing. Having .xxx domain makes the government’s job easier. Agencies like MDA can just block all dot-XXX Top Level Domain. This might means that less porn operators are willing to register a .xxx domain. But there might be some porn companies that are ok with it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see a huge take up for .Asia, .Mobi or even .Aero. So will the dot-XXX TLD make any difference? I guess some porn companies might take up a .xxx domain just for vanity sake. Personally, I don’t see a huge take up for dot-XXX TLD. But maybe I might be wrong about this. The porn industry is a very interesting industry. They don’t really follow trend from other industries. So what is happening elsewhere might not be applicable to them.

Whatever it is, it doesn’t affect us in Singapore since pornography is illegal here. Right?

But I can’t help but think of this song from Avenue Q when I saw the news.

The Internet is for Porn

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  1. […] Or rather, ICANN has given the final seal of approval for .xxx top level domain. If you recalled, ICANN have already approved .xxx last June. What took them so […]

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