In Australia the pornography industry and the Christian conservative lobby have united in opposition to a proposal to create a new domain name catering specifically for pornography on the internet.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – responsible for domain names and categories globally – has given conditional approval for a .xxx domain category. One argument is that an internet filter could easily be set to block all .xxx domains to help protect children.
However, an unlikely alliance has formed between the Australian pornography industry the Australian Christian Lobby in opposition to the new domain category.
Sex industry lobby group the Eros Foundation is strongly opposed to the new domain, arguing that an .xxx domain would “ghettoise” the sex industry.
Meanwhile, Australian Christian Lobby spokesman Lyle Shelton says the group opposes the new domain because it sees it as further legitimising the pornography industry.