Faced with opposition from conservative groups and some pornography web sites, the internet's key oversight agency voted May 10 to reject a proposal to create a red-light district on the internet. Supporters of the proposal billed it as a way to help shield kids from online pornography--but critics argued it would do no such thing.

The decision from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reverses its preliminary approval last June to create a ".xxx" domain name for voluntary use by the adult entertainment industry.

ICANN had postponed...

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