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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .kids Bill Moves Forward
    posted by michael on Tuesday March 05 2002, @05:52AM

    According to Harold Feld of the Media Access Project, the Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives has tentatively scheduled a mark-up of the ".kids" bill for March 6, although it appears likely that the final version will require a .kids.us rather than a new TLD. The bill is now styled, "H.R. 3833, the Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002" and could raise issues regarding the .us contract with Neustar, which makes no provision for such a congressional command. [Also, Ellen Rony has a nice discussion of .kids issues at Declan McCullagh's Politech.]

    A subcommittee mark-up is a prelude to a bill being voted out to the full Committee, which must then report the Bill to the House for a vote. Then, of course, it must pass the Senate. Last fall, at a hearing on the bill, Subcommittee Chairman Upton stated that because of concerns raised on the international nature of TLDs, the Subcommittee was likely to rewrite the bill to require creation of .kids as an SLD under .us.

    Because DoC has contracted out the management of .us to Neustar, it is unclear whether Congress could pass such legislation without compensating Neustar for any loss it suffers due to alteration of the terms of the contract (i.e., it is unclear whether this kind of regulation constitutes a "takings" under the 5th Amendment).

    Speaking for myself, not Mr. Feld, it would seem that the cost issue would presumably be any monitoring required; creating .kids as an SLD and offering third level domains for sale can't really have any measurable marginal cost, can it?

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    Re: .kids Bill Moves Forward
    by davidson (adavidson@cdt.org) on Tuesday March 05 2002, @09:29AM (#5133)
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    As noted, the .kids bill will be marked-up in a US House of Representative subcommittee on Wednesday. The markup is of a *new* bill HR 3833 - which includes two major changes from previous .kids legislation that was the subject of hearings this fall:

    * it calls for creation of .kids.us, not a new gTLD
    * it focuses on kids 12 and under, not 17 and under

    The changes do mitigate some of the problems with reaching a global consensus on .kids, with Congress putting mandates on ICANN, and with thorny issues about what material is appropriate for teens.

    However, concerns remain: How do you come up with a country-wide consensus on what should be in .kids? Will families in New York City and Salt Lake City agree on what is appropriate for kids under 13? How will you enforce such a standard? Are we giving parents false hope about creating a "safe" zone for kids that might not be so safe? And should Congress really be placing these mandates on a registry operator anyway?

    Case in point: The bill limits .kids.us to material "suitable for minors," defined as material that "is not psychologically or intellectually inappropriate for the age of the targeted audience.” Who is going to interpret that?

    CDT's letter from last fall on .kids is available online at:

    A draft version of the new bill is now online at:

    - Alan

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    Re: .kids Bill Moves Forward
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday March 07 2002, @10:56AM (#5180)
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    The bill does require NeuStar to police *.kids.us. A registry policing content seems like a bad mix. So does legislators ordering such. -g
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