We have been closely following the more than half-a-decade long saga of creating a brand new .xxx domain exclusively for porn. The proposal went through rigmarole of approvals and rejections over the long and winding course that has scandalised orthodox elements and evoked concerns from the porn industry as well. However, the impasse has finally been solved once and for all as the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has stuck true to its name and it has deliberated that xxx domains can and will hit the World Wide Web soon. That means you'll see more creative examples of web domains like thri.xxx among others.
However, the decision seems to have an equal number of supporters as well of detractors. Let us see what the dilemma is all about. Mind you, this does not mean that all pornographic websites will have to register or shift to this domain. This is entirely optional and upon the discretion of the websites.
Why it is a good idea:ICM Registry, a Florida based company that will handle the administration, assures that by having porn content under a trusted and moderated domain will give it a seal of safety and reliability. ICM assures that it will monitor the websites under the domain and make sure that the common gremlins of spam, viruses and malice associated with pornographic websites will be a thing of the past. The company also claims that it will divert a part of the registration fees for an affiliated foundation that will promote free speech and fight child pornography. The .xxx domain intends to bring good standards to the online pornographic industry.
Why it isn't such a good idea: The porn industry contends that by creating a separate domain for mature content, this opens them up to censorship by certain conservative governments. This is unacceptable and censorship is a serious concern that affects the very freedom of the Internet. Another concern raised by the pornography industry is that the new porn focused domain will attract cyber squatters who will whisk off domain names of popular adult websites only to sell it off at exorbitant prices to the same websites. Most of the porn players argue that the move is a threat to their freedom of speech.
However, that is what the industry players have to say about the issue. What are the concerns of you, as a consumer? Does a separate .xxx domain justify itself when adult websites continue to operate under regular domains like .com and .net? Or is there a credible case for the move? Do let us know in the comments section below.