Thank you for your comments regarding our .kids TLD.
We are deeply interested in your ideas, because it is our goal to create a family-friendly
solution where families can select their own standards for their kids (and others!)
TLD proposal is different than all others, we think. It is creative, robust,
not fixated on US standards, and consistent with the original vision of the global
Our TLD would be unsponsored to allow open registration. This keeps
the Web open for everyone around the globe.
Our TLD would leave the registry (and
ICANN) out of the position of being judge. It would incorporate and apply a
variety of accredited rating structures, from those that may be proposed by an international
task force, to those that make the libraries happy, to those that make conservative
religions happy, and including those that make advocates of free speech happy.
The key is that the “listener” – the user – is the one who gets to choose by selecting
from the menu of rating systems
Our TLD would allow standards to evolve and change
with time, and with interest generated among other groups around the World.
We plan to work with various organizations (like ICRA and others) to transmit the
organization’s official standards directly to the Registry. (ICRA in particular
has been developing relationships with various groups such as Anti Defamation League
(www.icra.org).) Our proposal allows specific countries to use this TLD and
offer their own lists of approved sites for accreditation.
One goal in this application
is to provide parents, countries, and/or governments - whoever cares about
children on the Internet -- the choice to set the criteria based on the systems of
the accredited rating agents with whom we will establish relationships. DotKids,
Inc. plans to provide the software to the ISP level, world wide, so the users can
easily set their specific user profile.
We want to provide the grande
resource of the web to both kids and teens, because our system will allow the free
surfing on “green pathways.” Kids are actually on the real Web, and the pathways
that they explore adhere to the standards selected by their parents. Website
owners who have qualifying sites will have little to do but link their existing “.com”
or “.edu” address to their new .kid address. The vast majority of the Web content
– research, non-profit, commercial, fun, entertainment -- is expected to be fully
available to travelers on these green pathways, so long as it complies with the standards
chosen at home.
Our proposal is about individual choice, the free Internet,
the adventure of gaining knowledge, and the satisfaction of securing all kids, young
and old, from unwanted content.
We welcome additional dialogue on this unique proposal
and hope you read our posted proposal with care.