December 2, 2005 5:46 AM PST

ICANN drops plan to approve .xxx

Attempts to create a domain name to handle adult online content faced an uncertain future on Friday after ICANN abandoned plans to debate the issue.

The proposal to create a .xxx domain was due to get final approval at an ICANN board meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. But ICANN chairman Vint Cerf surprised the meeting on Thursday by announcing that it had been removed from the agenda.

This is the second time that ICANN has pushed back plans to approve .XXX, after a delay in September.

ICANN said on Thursday that its governmental advisory committee needed more time to review a 350-page report into the creation of .xxx. This report was finished back in August, but released only earlier this week.

The proposed creation of .xxx has outraged some conservative groups in the U.S., who have lobbied the U.S. government--which oversees ICANN--to block the proposal.

Syracuse University professor Milton Mueller told Reuters that the U.S. has been lobbying other governments to oppose the plan.

But according to reports from Vancouver, there is speculation that the EU put pressure on ICANN not to approve .xxx. The EU is pushing to reduce the U.S. influence over the Internet. Holding up the .xxx domain could highlight flaws in the current state of Internet governance.

Graeme Wearden of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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I love how the EU is trying to get involved in an ICANN/US decision. :)
Posted by raross (6 comments )
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Jewish Americans turn Internet off
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Go XXX!
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Posted by 208774626618253979477959487856 (176 comments )
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ICANN members getting paid off
The Porn industry is paying off the committe members to not approve the adoption of .xxx domains because they know that as soon as it is approved, others will lobby for mandatory expulsion of porn sites from .com, .net, .ect into the more easy to regulate .xxx. Popups blockers and web filters will be so much more effective when this happens and that scares the porn industry. They don't stop to think or don't care that this would tremendously help parents protect their children from accidental exposure.
Posted by JohnathanBowman (5 comments )
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You came across porn by accident? Get real...
You have to tell me how to come across it *by accident*. If that was the case, my firewall log would be filled with attempted access to porn by our employees... We did tell them that website access was monitored.

So, my conclusion is that thanks to the default filters in search engines, you do not come across it by accident anymore.
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don't make assertions you can't prove
I didn't see an icon for "mark as inane", otherwise I would have
clicked it.
Posted by mcunix (9 comments )
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What is your proof?
If this is true, it is a serious accusation. What is your proof? Are you or this news outlet insured for libel or slander?
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