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Coitus Interruptus: New .XXX Internet Domain Delayed

As we reported in June, the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet’s main oversight body, approved a new domain for “adult-entertainment” sites — .xxx — but now the ICM Registry, the not-for-profit group which would operate the .xxx domain name, has said it would agree to a month’s delay in order to explore some of the concerns which have been voiced by many, including the Bush administration.

“The Department of Commerce has received nearly 6,000 letters and e-mails from individuals expressing concern about the impact of pornography on families and children,” wrote Michael Gallagher, assistant secretary at the US Commerce Department, in a letter.

Last Friday, a letter from Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, chairman of Icann’s Government Advisory Committee, reiterated the concern that several countries had over the .xxx domain decision:

    Dear Colleagues,

    As you know, the Board is scheduled to consider approval of a contract for a new top level domain intended to be used for adult content. I am omitting the specific TLD [top level domain] here because experience shows that some email systems filter out anything containing the three letters associated with the TLD [chuckle].

    You may recall that during the session between the GAC and the Board in Luxembourg that some countries had expressed strong positions to the Board on this issue. In other GAC sessions, a number of other governments also expressed some concern with the potential introduction of this TLD. The views are diverse and wide ranging. Although not necessarily well articulated in Luxembourg; as Chairman, I believe there remains a strong sense of discomfort in the GAC about the TLD, notwithstanding the explanations to date.

    I have been approached by some of these governments and I have advised them that apart from the advice given in relation to the creation of new gTLDs in the Luxembourg Communique that implicitly refers to the proposed TLD, sovereign governments are also free to write directly to ICANN about their specific concerns.

    In this regard, I would like to bring to the Board’s attention the possibility that several governments will choose to take this course of action. I would like to request that in any further debate that we may have with regard to this TLD that we keep this background in mind.

    Based on the foregoing, I believe the Board should allow time for additional governmental and public policy concerns to be expressed before reaching a final decision on this TLD.

More than 10% of all online traffic and 25% of all global Internet searching is adult-content oriented with more than 100,000 adult webmasters worldwide and well over one million adult domains.

The concerns remain despite that fact that .xxx TLD name registrants will be expected to adhere to the a set of best business practices that will include: safeguarding children from being marketed to or targeted online by adult webmasters; defending customer privacy; deploying accurate meta-tagging; ensuring the clear and accurate disclosure of relevant practices, security of information and transactions, and accountability through the provision of accurate contact information; protecting intellectual property rights; combating the use of unlawful malicious codes and technologies, including spoofing and phishing; not engaging in fraudulent, anonymous, unsolicited or illegal commercial email advertising their products and services; and avoiding the use of misleading domain names or domain names intended to attract child pornography consumers.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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