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Articles tagged with: domains

Some Countries Are Banning The New XXX – Porn TLD

Acording to the Economic Times, India has seek to block the newly-approved ICANN domain top level domain (extension .XXX) which is reserved for porn sites. The red light district domains raises concerns for Middle Eastern countries since the content goes against their moral and culture.

Adult porn is illegal in India but Indian law does not forbid consumption, however, violators can face a maximum of five years in prison if they are caught with porn. Having domains with an extension specifically for porn would allow governments to monitor such consumption. This could mean more prosecution and more censorship since porn sites could be easily identifiable because of the new nomenclature. For some this is enables easier policing of the material so they welcome it, yet for others this is just another form of promoting adult pornography.

Want A Million Dollar Domain? SUN.COM – May Be For Sale

Oracle bought Sun Microsystems last year for 7.4 billion dollars and with it came a short domain Sun.com (thought to be worth at least $1 million USD). Now Oracle is actively unloading the site, so experts say Oracle is also considering selling the unique domain.

Kemer Thomson, an Oracle senior manager, announced in a blog post that Oracle is planning on decommissioning Sun.com on June 1.

Libya — The Big Question For Bit.ly and Deck.ly

Libya has begun blocking access to Facebook in Tripoli, the country’s capital, and is cutting off electricity and access to the Internet as a response to anti-goverment protests.

If the access to specific sites are blocked, people can use proxies, but if the Internet lines are shutdown or the power is turned off, the story is different all together. Hence, this could not only impact bit.ly and deck.ly but all domains registered within Libyan control.

Perhaps the revolutions in the Middle East will allow people to rethink government sponsored/hosted domain registration.