Obama administration disappointed with ICANN’s approval of .xxx domain

March 19th, 2011 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Mar 19 (ANI): President Barack Obama’s administration has expressed its disappointment over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) giving its approval for an .xxx sex domain.

ICANN, the governing body which overseas domains, voted 8-3 to allow adult sites to end with .xxx instead of a more mainstream one like .com.

“We are disappointed that ICANN ignored the clear advice of governments worldwide, including the U.S.,” Fox News quoted Lawrence Strickling, who is an assistant commerce secretary, who advises President Obama on matters of information and communications, as saying.

“This decision goes against the global public interest, and it will open the door to more Internet blocking by governments and undermine the stability and security of the Internet,” he stated.

ICANN had been mulling over the .xxx domain for years and the Bush administration was also vocally against it.

Strickling, who also heads up the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), noted the US’s position has been to focus on the family in steering children away from adult sites.

“U.S. policy has long sought to empower parents and families to protect children from Internet pornography and provide effective tools and education,” he said.

“We are sceptical that the addition of the new .xxx domain will provide any additional protection for children; rather, it is likely to encourage confusion globally,” he added.

The new domain could be up and running by the summer. (ANI)

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