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Now, virtual red light area for Internet

The setting up of dot xxx line could help clean up the online industry by signposting pornography for parents.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 12:06 IST

A virtual red light district for pornographic websites is to be set up on the Internet with the domain address dot xxx, it was reported on Monday.

The global Internet governing body ICANN is expected to sign off on the proposal, which will add dot xxx to other domains such as dot com and dot net next week at a meeting in New Zealand, Radio New Zealand reported.

It quoted the applicant for the domain, Stuart Lawley of ICM Registry based in Florida, as saying dot triple-x could help clean up the online industry by signposting pornography for parents.

He claimed it would help parents who wanted to prevent the exposure of porn sites to their children and would screen out child pornography.

Keith Davidson, executive director of Internet New Zealand, said the domain had some positive aspects, but that parents should be aware that not all porn sites would be confined to dot xxx.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 12:06 IST