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GOVERNMENT ADVISERS RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT .XXX SUFFIX



LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Today’s the day we should find out whether the Internet will be getting an official red-light district. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will conclude a week-long meeting in Portugal. And before they rap the gavel to close the session out, members are to vote on a proposal to create a dot-triple-X address for pornographic Web sites. ICANN’s advisory committee has already made itself heard on the issue and if it gets its way, there will be no such animal. But it’s not for the same reasons both porn providers and religious groups have given for their opposition to the idea. The head of the committee says deciding on the triple-X domain might leave ICANN in the position of regulating content on the Internet — when all it is supposed to do is provide technical guidance to those who make use of the World Wide Web.

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