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May 10, 2006

Dot-XXX Bites the Dust

A report on the WSJ web site states that the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) rejected the domain name suffix by a 9 to 5 vote.  The rest of the article raises the usual issues associated with Icann, such as it is really a puppet for the U.S. government in controlling a global communications network (so say the non-Americans) and whether such a suffix would/would not actually protect children and families from unwanted pornography.  There's a dash of policy concerns and the involvement of conservative Christian groups, the amount of money the industry takes in ($5 billion reported here, although other reports claim $11 billion or more), and a slight touch of the First Amendment. Mix well and you have a story that basically says Icann rejected the proposed XXX domain by a vote of 9-5.

Read it here.  If that's not available, try this story in the News and Observer (Raleigh, with a $12 billion income report), or this AP story in the Houston Chronicle (also with $12 billion).

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