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Icann rejects '.xxx' sex domain name – again

Web-admin body doesn't want to regulate porn

Icann (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has rejected for the second time the creation of a ".xxx" top-level domain. The overseer of the internet's addressing system again voted against the proposal, which is seen by some as a way to isolate adult content on the internet.

Nine Icann board members voted against the proposal today at the group's 28th International Public Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Five Icann board members voted in favour, while one member abstained from voting, according to an Icann spokesman.

Icann will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss the meeting's decisions.

Those rejecting a ".xxx" top-level domain said its creation could set Icann up as a potential regulator of adult content on the Internet, which is not in its mandate. Icann is responsible for the administration of the DNS (domain name system), the index that enables the translation of website URLS (uniform resource locators) into numerical IP addresses that can be called up into a browser.

In May 2006, Icann also rejected creating the .xxx domain. Critics of the new domain said it could make adult content easier to find, but others argued that would also make it easier to filter out with software. The domain also raised concerns over free speech and how content on a website may be classified.

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