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Username: DKI
Date/Time: Fri, October 27, 2000 at 9:24 PM GMT
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Subject: Clarification; DotKids, Inc.



We have reviewed Ms. Aftab's recent message (above), and want to clear up any misunderstanding that may have developed. 

To clarify to the ICANN community:

1) Ms. Aftab has never taken any position about endorsement.  We did not mean to imply that she endorsed the proposal in any way and would deny that she has, if asked.

2) Our proposal has been directly supported by a number of people (see e.g., the Board of Advisors section).  However, the persons listed in Section D13.1.3 are NOT listed as endorsers.

3) A word of explanation:  The single section D13.1.3 (where Ms. Aftab was mentioned) is the corporate history question.  Our response to that section was intended to display that the DotKids team broadly surveyed the field in the course of researching and developing its proposal from a policy and public interest perspective.  This included studying various views and publicly expressed thinking by persons who have spoken out about children on-line. 

4) The list in section D13.1.3 of some members of the public interest community who are active regarding children on-line is not a reference to endorsement in any way.  We were simply saying that we had undertaken to understand the public interest issues at play in part by writing to and in some cases communicating with some of the leaders, many of whom had inspiring (if diverse) work.  It was purely research. 

To eliminate any questions, we are formally deleting the entire last two paragraphs and all of the names from Section D13.1.3 of our proposal and will be communicating that amendment to ICANN.

We hope that this clears up any confusion. We appreciate this comment period, which can serve to communicate areas where there may be misunderstandings.

We regret any confusion for anyone who may have taken away an understanding we did not intend. 

If you have any question, please contact us.  We are eager to see that direct attention to the interests of children on-line is not distracted.


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