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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) Neustar Ponders Death Rate for .kids.us
    posted by michael on Tuesday September 10 2002, @02:51AM

    Wired news reports that Neustar, the operator of .us, is engaged in consultations (until Oct. 11) on how much death and gore is appropriate for 12-year-olds.

    Apparently it already knows how skimpy clothes can get, subject to possible exceptions for material with "educational, literary or scientific merit."

    Quagmire, if you ask me. But 'branded' TLDs where someone makes representations about the content strikes me as bascially a good idea for consumers, at least in a world of low scarcity. Doing it as a second-level TLD is particularly good, although whether .us is the best place is more dubious. I would sure hate to have to be the quality police, though, that had to deal with changing content on sites that claimed to be not-too-gory. It's also a little ironic to see this as we approach the anniverary of 9/11.

    Neustar's not-so-hidden agenda here: keeping Congress from passing a .kids bill.

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    Re: Neustar Ponders Death Rate for .kids.us
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday September 11 2002, @04:52PM (#9181)
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    Now you get to see democracy in action. -g
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    Re: Blood and Gore Ok? But Absolutely No Nudity, S
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Tuesday September 10 2002, @06:53AM (#9136)
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    Children should be exposed to whatever their parents choose to expose them to. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Parent is a verb.

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    Re: Neustar Ponders Death Rate for .kids.us
    by Grumpy on Tuesday September 10 2002, @11:38AM (#9139)
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    Not exactly... Neustar's just jumping the gun on what it would be required to do under the terms of the kids.us bill.

    It's a good thing that they've put this out for comment, however, as Neustar is displaying its (self-admitted) incompetence right from the beginning. In the broadcasting world, "indecency" is NOT limited to the "seven dirty words" in George Carlin's famous monologue... instead, the FCC and the Supreme Court have agreed on a much broader definition. The Pacifica case specifically rejects any particularized list of words, knowing that such an approach leaves too many loopholes.

    Aside from that mis-step, I think Neustar's on the right path here. And if this keeps Congress from taking action (at least for a little while), so much the better.

    - Grumpy

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