Dot-Kids, or Dot-Kids R Us?
House lawmakers are considering having the government establish a
kid-friendly Internet domain since the international body that governs
domain names has refused to create a suffix for child-appropriate content.
The bill originally called for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN) to create a dot-kids domain, which would join other
suffixes such as dot-com and dot-org found at the end of Web addresses. But
the measure was amended Thursday to create a dot-kids.us suffix, that would
only be available to Web sites with material deemed appropriate for children
under 13. Participation would be voluntary and the sites would be
continuously monitored. The bill would establish an independent board that
would set criteria for use of dot-kids.us. Rob Courtney, a policy analyst
with the Center for Democracy and Technology, said putting dot-kids under
the dot-us domain is an improvement. But he said his organization is still
concerned about who will be responsible for monitoring, enforcing and
funding the effort and about what standards will be used. The Commerce
Department, which has authority to issue dot-us Web space, has given NeuStar
a contract to manage the space and is concerned that establishing a kid-safe
domain may violate the NeuStar contract.
[SOURCE: Wired, AUTHOR: Wired Staff]
Testimony of nancy j. victory on "dot kids name act of 2001"
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