.XXX, .KIDS, and .$$$ TLDs
For an application fee of around $50k-$100K, plus proof of technical ability to manage the DNS servers, companies can start carving up their domain real estate space on the internet.
This naturally allows .XXX to be closer to reality. I have said from the beginning, if there were no "sponsored community" aspect to the TLD, no need for an IFFOR, there would be fuss about .XXX It would be no different than .BIZ or .INFO more power to those that register those domains,
So I would expect .XXX or .SEX or .PORN to be popping up next year, once ICANN figures out the rules to do this.
ICM/IFFOR did have some merits in their ideas of .XXX about making some rules and guidelines for its use, but if someone is going to tell adult what to do, its better if it came from adult.
I believe that some trade organization could put in the application to run a .XXX or .PORN and become the registry. Through advertising, they could build up the idea that the TLD is the "official" websites for adult content.
The registry would make an incredible amount of money that could go directly towards fighting against bad laws.
This registry would be a for-profit organization that would be overseen by the non-profit.
With official sanctioning of the TLD, it would at least help to give some means of self (or imposed) regulations, but done so by keepers that have the adult industry's best interest at heart, rather than the focus on the wallet.
Personally, I hope to get my ventures going into high gear, so that I can sponsor the .KIDS TLD application and make that a white-label approach to truly protecting kids.
Web browsers and ISP can be setup such that only .KIDS domains would be seen. This is how you protect kids, not a black-list approach.
Fight the .GREED!