ICANN votes against .xxx top-level domain for second time

Rejection stemmed from concern over regulating Internet content

The overseer of the Internet's addressing system today rejected for the second time the creation of a .xxx top-level domain, supported by some as a way to isolate adult content on the Internet.

Nine board members for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers voted against the proposal at ICANN's 28th International Public Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Five voted in favor, and one member abstained, said Andrew Robertson, an ICANN spokesman.

Those rejecting a .xxx top-level domain said its creation could set ICANN up as a potential regulator of content on the Internet, which is not in its mandate. ICANN is responsible for the administration of the Domain Name System, the index that enables the translation of Web site URLS into numerical IP addresses that can be called up into a browser.

ICANN also rejected creating the domain last May. Critics of the new domain said it could make adult content easier to find, but others argued it would also make it easier to filter out with software. The domain also raised concerned over free speech and how content on a Web site may be classified.

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