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Articles tagged with: ICANN

ICANN Approves Unlimited Top Level Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently voted overwhelmingly to approve unlimited TLD (top level domains). Whereas people used to only have a select number of domain options (.biz, .org, .com, or .net)–users will now be able to choose any domain they want.

Although many were originally concerned that this new change would confuse users, that worry has apparently been set aside. At the present time, I cannot envision too many people adoption a facebook.facebook approach, but I could see various creative ways to market a website.

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.