According to the BBC, .gay is not the only new Top Level Domain (TLD) that Saudi Arabia opposes:
The country has also objected to:
.sex on the grounds it would increase the proliferation of pornographic material on the web.
.virgin, .sucks, .dating and .baby because they might also be used by pornographic sites.
.tattoo because the practice is contrary to religions “such as Islam and Judaism”.
.wine and .vodka since they could glamourise the consumption of alcohol.
.africamagic because it “implies that it is linked to black magic and this is considered offensive”.
Though the .gay TLD is not yet officially approved, four companies are actively vying for the contract with ICANN that would emerge. Despite the uncertain future, some domain name registrars are already pre-registering .gay domains.
Saudi Arabia has clearly never heard of the Streisand Effect.
In the wake of the BBC article, my friend pre-registered ‘saudiarabia.gay’. I’m not sure how anonymous he needs / wants to be. I’ll bring more details tonight.
It seems like an unhealthy business practice to pre-register for TLDs that are still pending approval. Then again, I don’t know the mechanics. Perhaps the competing pre-registrars have a system to avoid duplicitous registrations.
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