The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is responsible for the global co-ordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers, has voted against establishing a .xxx domain for sexually explicit websites.

In a statement after the board voted eight to four against the proposal (with one abstention), ICANN says that such a domain would not resolve the issue of protecting vulnerable members of the community.
"This decision was the result of very careful scrutiny and consideration of all the arguments," ICANN Chairman Vint Cerf said, adding: "That consideration has led a majority of the Board to believe that the proposal should be rejected."
Two US Democrat senators, Mark Pryor and Max Baucus, proposed a bill on the .xxx domain last year to exclude sexually explicit content from other established domains such as .com, .net and .gov.
Baucus said that a .xxx domain would help parents stop their children accessing pronographic sites and would ensure other users didn't accidentally stumble into them.