.xxx is in the root

April 16th, 2011 at 12:46 pm by David Farrar

I blogged a couple of weeks back that after 6+ years of consideration and delays, that had finally approved on the 18th of March, the .xxx top level domain.

The two remaining steps for .xxx were to sign a contract with ICANN and then actually get the .xxx TLD into what is known as the root zone.

The contract was signed on 31 March. The final step involves ICANN asking Verisign to enter it into the root zone, and Verisign are required to first check with the US Government before doing so.

This is normally routine, but there was some concern that the USG might refuse – because it was one of those Governments that had oppossed .xxx as a TLD. It would be improper for them to use their historical authority over the root zone, to overturn the decision of ICANN, but it was not inconceivable.

However they didn’t, as got added to the root earlier today, and the website icm.xxx is now active. In it’s own way, a sort of historical day.

It will be interesting to see how many adult sites move to .xxx, and also to see if any Governments try to force all adult sites to .xxx. Also of interest will be if any countries automatically block the entire .xxx domain.

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5 Responses to “.xxx is in the root”

  1. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Yes, I always think of root when I think xxx.

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  2. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    the rootzone?

    wtfe

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  3. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Yes, a great day for women. I generally contend that feminism has failed.

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  4. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    Just another money-making scam for ICANN. Now Google, Microsoft, Apple, and every company with an internet presence have to buy the .xxx domain to stop squatters. Just like the .info one.

    The .xxx domain will just be used for spam. Just like the .info one.

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  5. Steve (4,563 comments) says:

    Just don’t root xxxx’s, causes problems big time

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