Web porn’s own do­main

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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