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BY CHRISTY LEWIS Anchor: Austin Kim You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy. Af...
BY CHRISTY LEWIS Anchor: Austin Kim You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy. After a decade of debate, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers greenlit a new, cyber red-light district. Pornographic websites can now officially register domains with the suffix dot-XXX -- and everyone has an opinion. “...religious groups argue the new domain will legitimize porn, while some pornographers say it could demean their sites and eventually make it easier for the government to block their content. Supporters say the domain keeps with the principle of openness and fuels Internet growth.” (NY1) The adult entertainment world worries about new expenses that come along with dot-XXX. Evil Angel, a porn company, told ZDNet… “The effect now is to create a monopoly for one company in this area. The adult community has invested in how it is structured now. It is unfair to us all to add an additional expense to our business without competition for the services that this new business, .xxx, would provide.” U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration quickly expressed their quote “disappointment” in the corporation’s decision -- saying it goes against public interest and will open the door to more Internet blocking by governments and undermine the stability and security of the Internet." But while some are worried about censorship, others -- like concerned parents who fought the new suffix -- claim it will make pornography even more accessible. “This way pornographers can … make sure they have a tight grip on those children who might already be inclined to experiment with pornography and who now will know exactly where to go to find it, the ‘.xxx’ world.” But a blogger for CNN says, the move could spark a slew of quote- “top-level” domains, ones which change what comes after the “dot” -- and that could make it easier to trick consumers into providing personal information. ...“we will see top-level domains such as .car, .newyorkcity, .hotels and hundreds more. Internet real estate will grow exponentially, creating a more complex experience for every user. …how would you determine which are trusted sites providing accurate information? How would you determine which are fraudulent sites actively misinforming the public?” Finally, a blogger for The Stir’s Café Mom points out—porn is not a new trend, so why fuss over the new domain name? “As of 2010, there were an estimated five to six million adult entertainment sites on the web. It's hard to imagine why a new domain created for this purpose is worth freaking out about, whether you're opposed to pornography or an ardent fan of it.” Pornographic websites will not be required to give up their **** addresses for a .xxx one. Already 230,000 URL’s have been reserved, selling at about $60 a piece. Follow Newsy on Twitter Newsy_Videos Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
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