Web porn’s own domain
YOU’VE heard of . com and . org. Joining them soon will be their bawdy cousin: . xxx. The board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the internet’s naming system, has approved the creation of a red-light district online for pornographic websites. It follows a decade-long battle over such a name. The uproar has brought together unlikely bedfellows. Religious groups argue giving adult websites their own corner of the internet legitimises content. Pornographers worry it will ghettoise their sites. They fear governments could try to mandate the domain’s use.