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India First to Ban .xxx Domain

India First to Ban .xxx Domain

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), recently approved the creation of a “.xxx” domain for pornographic websites and the first .xxx domains will start appearing in the next few months. But India is strictly opposed to this and has become the first country to declare its offensive against the .xxx domain and will block URLs ending with .xxx as soon as the domain registrars start selling them.

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India along with countries from the Middle East and Indonesia first opposed the grant of the .xxx domain by ICANN. India is geared up to block the whole domain as it goes against its IT laws. Distribution of pornography is illegal in India and carries a prison sentence of upto 5 years but its consumption is not illegal. Its likely that more countries will follow India’s lead after India blocks .xxx domain.

TechSpot reports that In order to register a new .xxx domain, porn sites have to pass an application process that’s designed to ensure that their site does not engage in fraud, child pornography, nor offer up malware to users. A key reason the porn industry opposes the new TLD is that it adds additional costs: sites have to register and pay for additional .xxx domain names to avoid having their brands hijacked.

Pornographers and free speech activists are voicing concerns that the .xxx suffix will allow authorities to  find and block out adult content more easily. It will also cost pornographers more money to register new .xxx domains to to ensure their brands do not get hijacked.

We think this is a good initiative on part of India’s governance to block all .xxx domains the country. With the state of laws in the country there’s very little monitoring on usage patterns and every school going kid has access to the porn on the internet. But stricter cyber laws has ensured that children going to cyber cafe’s will be much safer against porn now than a few years ago.

We, CallingAllGeeks team thinks that this is a good initiative by India. We hope that any of you parents’ reading our blog should be more cautious with your children using internet and take measures to keep them safe from adult content.

Article by Meghan Naik

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