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Another Triple-X Shot For ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is considering a proposal for a .xxx top level domain (TLD). It's a situation that has been on again off again for more than six years.

A revised agreement for the administration of the .xxx registry by vendor ICM Registry is now available for a public comment period that is open until Feb. 5. The revised agreement follows a May 2006 agreement that was voted down nine to five by the ICANN board.

The new agreement, which spans some 94 pages, includes additional terms that are intended to help prevent spam and ensure that content is clearly labeled, as well as make sure certain religious or culturally sensitive names are not registered.

The revised agreement also specifies that ICM Registry will, "provide financial support for child safety organizations and to sponsor development of technology to enhance the ability of Internet users to control their online experience."

So far the reaction to the new agreement has been mixed.

The public comment forum includes both those that approve and disapprove in almost equal numbers. It's hardly a surprise considering that disagreement and controversy have surrounded the .xxx domain for years.

The first attempt at the .xxx registry was rejected in November 2000. In June 2005, ICANN announced it had begun negotiating with the ICM Registry for the creation of the .xxx sponsored top-level domain (sTLD).

In September 2005 the U.S. Department of Commercestepped in and helped to delay the decision on .xxx until May 2006 when it was voted down.