.xxx Gets Thumbs-Down From ICANN

The .xxx domain suffix that was proposed for sites containing adult content (porn) has been voted down by ICANN, the internet’s governing body, by a vote of 9-5.

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Word on the street is that it was voted down because of US political interference:

…from Reuters…

Supporters said a .xxx domain would have made it easier to confine sex sites or filter them out, but critics such as the Family Research Council, a conservative U.S.-based religious group, complained it would only legitimise the porn industry.

The EU executive said the decision underscored the need to make ICANN independent quickly, following unsuccessful demands last year by a group of countries including the EU to make ICANN fully independent.

“We see here a first clear case of political interference in ICANN,” said Martin Selmayr, spokesman for EU Information Society and Media Commissioner, Viviane Reding.

He said correspondence between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce, highlighted the “interference”.

ICANN, a California-based non-profit group, cannot make changes to the domain-name system without the approval of the U.S. Commerce Department.

“It’s a worrying development that the U.S. administration has interfered in this process,” Selmayr said.

Creating a dedicated domain suffix (xxx) would make it much easier to filter adult content. You could block it at the ISP level so there would be no way of viewing .xxx sites through your internet connection, if that was what you wanted.

CBC reports the story a little differently, stating that many porn sites were against a .xxx suffix fearing censorship. They also report that anti-porn activists were against the proposal for fears it would legitimise the porn industry.

CBC also reports:

ICANN chief executive Paul Twomey said the creation of .XXX sites might put the organization in the position of having to regulate the online pornography industry, a task considered extremely difficult because of different laws around the world.

The online porn industry’s revenues exceed 2.5 billion dollars annually. I don’t think the creation of a dedicated domain suffix would legitimise the industry any more than those kind of revenues do.

What do you think?

1 Second Film – My new movie

I’ve gotten in to the movie biz… Today I officially became an associate producer for the biggest short film in history, The 1 Second Film. Visit the site if you’re interested in becoming a producer too.

All of the film’s profits are being donated to the Global Fund for Women.

From YouTube.com

We went to Sundance to find producers to help finance our 1 SECOND FILM. We snuck into parties and managed to find hundreds of producers, including several celebrities who chipped in $1 or more to help us make our film. Highlights include our cameraman lending Steve Buscemi a dollar, Kevin Bacon spelling his name, and Stephen Colbert helping us get on IMDb. It was a pretty fun time. We are still selling credits to help raise our budget if anyone wants to help produce our film. It’s $1 or more and you get on IMDb with Kevin Bacon. All profits from our film will be donated to charity. More info at www.the1secondfilm.com

30th Birthday

Just wanted to thank you all for a great night on Saturday night. The only time I felt old was Sunday morning, when the hangover hurt a little more than it did last year.

I had an amazing birthday weekend – thanks again!

Here’s a couple of pics from the party – there are more available on my Flickr account.

Jude, Jeremy, and Scott

Jeremy and Bridget

Vancouver Fashion and Art Market Announced

A new Vancouver fashion and art market, called Portobello West, is going to be launched on August 27, 2006 at the Plaza of Nations. It will be held once a month after that. There was a big write-up in the fashion section of this week’s Georgia Straight:

If you build it, the fashionistas will come

By angela murrills
Publish Date: 4-May-2006

All treasured pieces of clothing come with a colourful anecdote attached, and it isn’t “I bought it on sale at Sears” but more along the lines of “I had a couple of hours to spare the day I flew back from London so I roamed along beside Regents Canal through Little Venice, got sucked into Camden Market, and that’s where I found my vast paisley shawl. Is it modern? Hardly. More a 1920s knockoff of a Victorian classic. Twenty quid, about $40.” You get the idea. Any roving fashionista likely returns from her travels not just with a black-velvet coat from Sydney’s Paddington Market or a bias-cut skirt pieced together from crimson and saffron silks plucked from a heap on a stall in Siem Reap but with a question. Why not us too? How come Vancouverites can’t amble around in the open air, picking up this or that item of clothing or jewellery and schmoozing with the people who created them? Why can’t we have a Camden or a Paddington in Vancouver? Well, guess what? If enough people jump aboard a brand-new project, we can. Starting August 27 (and the last Sunday of every month thereafter), we’ll have our very own outdoor clothing and crafts market, thanks to inveterate market shopper and local, Carlie Smith.

…read the rest of the article.

For more info about Portobello West.

It’s going to be great to have an outdoor market feel with the Plaza of Nations glass roof. I’m looking forward to this one.

Portobello West Links: