The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted yesterday to nix the proposal for a .xxx top-level domain. The proposal would have established a virtual red-light district on the internet, but ICANN rightly pointed out that adult-oriented websites would have had no motivation or legal requirement to move out of their .com homes.
The truly sad part of this story is that it doesn’t look like the proposal was motivated by genuine good intentions (like sweeping the filth of the internet into a child-safe corner)…
The proposal for a dot-xxx domain was made by the ICM Registry of Jupiter, Fla. According to media reports, British entrepreneur Stuart Lawley was the driving force behind the proposal… Lawley also stood to benefit financially by collecting registration fees for dot-xxx sites.
I guess this means parents will still have to monitor their children’s internet usage after all.