ICANN Delays .XXX Domain Decision

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has delayed announcing its decision of whether it will introduce the .XXX domain for pornographic websites.

According to PC Magazine, the organisation has already agreed that pornographic websites will be allowed to adopt the controversial domain name but is yet to formally announce the decision.

The delay is being attributed to a disagreement between ICANN and the Government Advisory Committee, which represents governments worldwide, has actively postponed the decision.

The move, if introduced, will allow pornographic websites to adopt the domain name, making them easily recognisable. Regulators and companies wishing to block such websites can do so easily, while measures can be put in place to block websites with .XXX domains from being accessed by children.

Stuart Lawley, the head of the ICM Registry, the organisation which holds the .XXX domain said: “An exclusive domain for adult entertainment has the advantage of allowing for greater control over their content and, in addition, for each web page added to the domain we will donate 10 dollars to finance initiatives to protect children.”