opinion

A brief and non-hysterical history of the .XXX domain

Gram Ponante
If everyone from (many) conservative Christian groups to (many) Internet pornographers oppose creating a domain extension specifically for porn, though for (many) different reasons, and if the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names And Numbers (ICANN) has twice turned the proposal down, Ars Technica wonders why the proposal is being reheated yet again.

The answer is that registrars and their business partners stand to make a great deal of money from the creation of a porn-only top-level domain, so registrars will continue seeking its adoption.

How many other pure examples of profit with no communty benefit can you think of? (I suggest credit cards for students.)

Previously: Utah: No Star '80 on Port 80; .XXX will have to wait

See also: Proposal to erect XXX domain faces stiff opposition (arstechnica.com), ICANN

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