The proposed .xxx porn domain has been kicked into the long grass just days before it was due to meet final approval.
ICANN chairman Vint Cerf stunned an open meeting of the governmental advistory committee (GAC) in Vancouver late on Tuesday when he announced that the whole issue had been pulled from the Board meeting agenda - where it had been the first topic of discussion.
The reason given (this time) was that the GAC needed time to review a 350-page ICANN report on the domain’s feasibility before it could provide its approval (or disapproval).
That’s a red herring though. The report was completed on 31 August, and is mostly complimentary about the proposed domain. Not only that but all the issues surrounding the domain are already well known to everyone involved, and up until Cerf’s sudden announcement, had been effectively given the green light.
ICANN has come under pressure to release the report and so provide adequate excuse for delaying .xxx’s approval yet again. The people behind .xxx, ICM Registry, opposed its release, complaining that no other new domains had had their ICANN report released before they had been granted final approval and that they were being unfairly treated.
However, if rumours are to be believed, ICANN took a top-level decision to release the report and so provide a delay excuse, after EU commissioner Viviane Reding called the head of ICANN Paul Twomey direct and threatened to withdraw all the EU’s representatives unless the issue was pulled. Twomey this morning denied he had had any communication with Reding over the issue.
If would certainly be an unusual decision on Reding’s part, especially since the EU has been mostly supportive of .xxx. It is only Brazil and the US administration that remain opposed to the domain.
Source: The Register