The first sites with the new .XXX web domain name, denoting pornography, are now being allocated to companies.
Dot Triple-X, was approved by the international Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), which administers millions of internet addresses. It had been pending since 2003 and was resisted by the Bush government but progressed without opposition from the Obama administration.
Use of the domain name is voluntary and is designed to shut out child porn and incorporate heightened security barriers, making it harder for children to stumble on sexual content online.
Around 1,500 .xxx domains have already been allocated to 35 porn companies, and many could go live ahead of the official general launch on 6 December. A preregistration period found nearly 900,000 “expressions of interest” for 650,000 names.
But there are many names that will not be allowed.
ICM Registry, the firm managing the new domain, has reserved 15,000 Dot Triple-X domain names on the request of international governments and child protection agencies.
These include commonly used underage sex terms and the names of cities and well-known politicians, such as the US president, the British prime minister and former prime ministers.
But Stuart Lawley, the chief executive of ICM Registry, could not say whether all British prime ministers would have their names permanently reserved on the register. Nor was he able to confirm which celebrities were covered by the ban, or what the criteria for their inclusion was. But he said there would be a rapid take-down process for anyone targeted by .xxx cybersquatters.
Lawley said: “The reason we banned the celebrities’ names was because it’s very difficult for them to trademark their names. We didn’t want to have the embarrassment of AngelinaJolie.xxx coming up at the launch of the new domain.”
The idea of prime ministers and porn going together may not be an obvious one. But one thing about this juxtaposition is quite disturbing. You see, Lawley confirmed that there will not be a .XXX site named after Margaret Thatcher.
Now who would possibly want to visit a Thatcher porn site? There are some bizarre, disgusting and downright obscene sites on the web, but that’s just taking things way too far.