.xxx Domains Available for Registration Now

The controversial .xxx top level domains are finally available for registration almost 11 years after the extension was first proposed. On Friday, the porn-only address was added to the domain name system's root servers – through a convoluted process that involves box-ticking from domain overseer ICANN, the US Department of Commerce, and VeriSign – and the first .xxx domain names started working around midnight. Right now, surfers can visit websites such as porn.xxx and sex.xxx, both of which are – for now – place-holders with safe-for-work generic content. The company contracted to run the domain registry, ICM Registry, has also moved its corporate web site to icm.xxx and icmregistry.xxx.
The .XXX domain will be open to the majority later on in the year, but some people in the industry aren’t fans. Some claim that branding adult-themed websites in this way is a form of segregation, and that it bands the wide spectrum of Adult content under one label.