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Singapore will not censor .XXX sites: report

Computerworld Singapore Staff | June 7, 2011
MDA and Singapore’s major ISPs said they have no plans to block .xxx websites.

Singapore's Internet users will not be denied access to .xxx sites that go live this year, according to a report in The Straits Times published Tuesday (7 June).

The Singapore daily quoted sources in the government agency, Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and Internet service providers, to say that "they do not have plans to block websites bearing the .xxx suffix, which is designated for sites run by the adult industry".

The paper further reported: "In Singapore, said MDA deputy director for regulations Yuvarani Thangavelu, 'it is not practical to block all objectionable sites given the borderless and dynamic nature of the Internet,' especially when the sites are hosted overseas".

According to the paper, the MDA has mandated ISPs to block 100 sites that are not disclosed. Singapore's major ISPs including SingTel, StarHub and M1 also said they have no plans to block .xxx websites.

In a related story, the paper also reported that some local companies, including the UOB Bank, are planning to register .xxx Web addresses to pre-empt mischief or blackmail in the future.

 

 

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