Top-Level Domains OK'd for Chinese Characters, Porn

Susan Hall

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been busy and granted approval for two new types of top-level domains, according to IDG stories on CIO.com.

 

For the first time, it will allow domain names written entirely in Chinese characters. Though Chinese characters were allowed previously, it still required ".cn" at the end. No more. The story quotes ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom saying:

One in five people on the planet will directly benefit from this work.

In a separate action, it approved the top-level domain dot-xxx for pornography. That one's been in the works for at least a decade, but strongly opposed by Christian groups and children's advocates. Though porn sites won't be required to use that domain, backers say it make it easier for Web blocking software to filter out ".xxx" sites, according to an Associated Press story on Newsvine.com.



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