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    USA Goverment Relations HR 2417 to be Amended to Require .kids UNDER .us
    posted by michael on Thursday November 01 2001, @04:53AM

    Listening to the start of the live broadcast of the hearing before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Interneton regarding the .kids bill, HR 2417, I heard Rep. Shimkus - the bill sponsor - say that he was amending the bill to remove the requirement that .kids be a TLD, and instead would make it a second-level domain under .us.

    This concession would remove one major source of opposition to the bill. It would take the issue out of the international arena, and would raise some interesting domestic US questions. Note, however, that the very next speaker, objected to the change...and that Nancy Victory's testimony stated that Neustar, the new contractor for .us, is committed to creating a .kids.us which she says "may obviate the need for such legislation". Nancy Victory is the head of the NTIA which is the body that "supervises" ICANN and signs contracts with it. She also objected to the idea of Congress telling ICANN what to do arguing that would contradict the Department of Commerce's plan to 'privatize' ICANN, would annoy foreign governments, and would involve DoC telling ICANN what to do -- something she said DoC doesn't do since the MoU with ICANN is all about 'cooperation'. Updated.

    The un-amended text of the bill is visible in .pdf from the GPO. [UPDATE: The text of the "manager's amendment" (a new version of the bill) can now be found here.]

    Surely no one could object to a national government passing a law regulating the use of its ccTLD, so long as it did so consistent with domestic law. There are, however, a number of tough US law questions about how the government would define and mandate a list of what is 'kid-friendly'. Nancy Victory also threatened that changing Neustar's "expectations" about its obligations under the contract let last friday to make it the manager for .us might threaten the entire procurement. [Not that this should bother anyone too much, I'd say.]

    New.net testified in support of the idea of .kids under .us, but argued that there should be open competition on who gets to run it, and that its .kids[.new.net] registrants should have first dibs on the right to register the corresponding .kids.us name.

    Please feel free to add summaries of the later testimony in the comments to this item.

    Prepared testimony will be visible from the committee's hearing page.

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    Re: HR 2417 to be Amended to Require .kids UNDER .
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday November 01 2001, @04:50PM (#3336)
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    Wired has some coverage of this story. I said all along that putting kids under ccTLDs made more sense. -g
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    Re: New.Net
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday November 01 2001, @06:42PM (#3342)
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    Parents control the options, is ICANN going to protect the .kids of the world or new.net, thats a joke.
    ICANN seems concerned it can't easily confirm who At Large members are, so how does kidshtml.com confirm that you're a parent? And how is this policed so that links aren't hijacked as I pointed out recently here. This is just more bindzero spam. -g
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