Feeds

Aussie Sex Party takes the whip to .xxx domains

Gives ICM Registry a dressing-down

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The Australian Sex Party has joined a growing international chorus of voices accusing ICANN and ICM Registry of a shakedown over the .xxx domain space.

Companies that don’t want their domain names appearing in front of the already-notorious dot-triple-x are facing an October 28 deadline to register with ICM, the sole contractor of the domain with ICANN.

The approaching “sunrise” deadline has inspired wild estimates of the cost to Australian businesses, with News Limited outlets multiplying the number of registered businesses in Australia (two million) by the price of a defensive registration ($US199) to arrive at a national "pornageddon" cost of $US400 million (NineMSN later paraphrased the report to conclude that there are two million Australian businesses operating online, which is plain silly. The actual number of active, employing businesses in Australia is in the order of about 800,000, most of which probably lack a domain name that would interest cybersquatters).

Fiona Patten, convenor of the Australian Sex Party, is on the attack, saying that ICM Registry is “selling off other peoples’ trademarks”.

“It’s a pretty brilliant money-making venture,” she told the Herald Sun.

It’s not the first time Patten has taken the stick to the .xxx idea; she also believes it could offer censorship via the back door, so to speak. Back in March, she noted that opposition to the creation of the top-level domain was “probably the first and only time we will ever see sex industry, government, and morals groups all lining up to agree on Internet censorship”.

As previously reported in The Register, ICM Registry has kindly blocked various celebrity names – about 15,000 – from registration in its private playground, but didn’t extend that courtesy to corporate brands. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.