Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance as a key Internet oversight agency nears a decision on creating a virtual red-light district through a “.xxx” Internet address. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has already rejected similar proposals twice since 2000, planned to vote as early as next week on whether to approve the domain name for voluntary use by porn sites.
The decision ultimately could hinge on whether “.xxx” has the support of the adult-entertainment industry - and many porn sites have been strongly opposed.
“One of the criteria is that it (must) have general support among the industry it’s supposed to serve, and it does not,” said Mark Kernes, a board member with the industry trade group Free Speech Coalition. “I have not met one single webmaster or adult video producer that is in favor of `.xxx,’ and I’ve met a lot of them.”