What's in a name? Tell that to those arguing the toss over .xxx

The internet’s domain name system will soon undergo a major expansion. But wherever there are new resources, there are arguments over how to exploit them writes Seth Finkelstein in The Guardian. He continues, Specifically, the idea of a .xxx web suffix for porn sites, once characterised as the internet’s vampire, may have risen from the dead as part of a larger argument over rules for how much discretion will be exercised in accepting or denying applications.
Icann is the organisation which controls generic top-level domains. Roughly, these are the website suffixes such as .com and .org that are not owned by a country (such as .uk or .us). Some recently approved domain applications were .jobs, .mobi and .travel. The most notorious recent rejected application was .xxx. An extensive new report has just been released regarding issues relating to expanding the number of TLDs.
Controversy has raged around provisions that a proposed new TLD “must not be contrary to generally accepted legal norms relating to morality and public order”, and whether there is “substantial opposition to it from a significant portion of the community to which the string may be explicitly or implicitly targeted”.
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/aug/23/guardianweeklytechnologysection.internet