ICANN delays decision regarding “.xxx” domain to unspecified date

ICANN delays decision regarding “.xxx” domain to unspecified date

At their Friday convention in the Colombian port city of Cartagena, Columbia, leaders of the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) agreed to the delay, to an unspecified date, the decision regarding the launch of an ".xxx" domain for websites featuring pornographic content.

The ".xxx" domain name is owned by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR)-sponsored firm, ICM Registry, which has been trying to get the go ahead from ICANN for the last six years or so.

The ".xxx" domain proposal is so controversial that, over the years, ICANN has had to come up with new processes, policies, and appeals procedures just for tackling the wide-ranging chorus of disapproval.

At the ICANN 39 meeting, the board of directors of the corporation hinted at their intentions of approving ICM Registry's ".xxx" domain; but also added that that they will first have to deal with the objections put forth by the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

Despite the fact that the GAC's advice has always received immense weight under ICANN's consensus-driven decision-making rules, the statement by ICANN that it "intends to enter into a registry agreement with ICM Registry" for ".xxx" domain marks the first occasion on which the has - in its 12-year history - implicitly informed the GAC that it plans to reject its advice this time round.

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