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House OKs Wiretapping and New domain 173

proj_2501 writes: "Yahoo! has a story about how the US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved two new bills: one for the creation of a federally overseen TLD called (participation is voluntary), and the other for more ease of wiretapping to supposedly prevent dangerous meetings between kids and 'child predators'." Remember, an equivalent bill has not yet been introduced in the Senate.
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House OKs Wiretapping and New domain

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  • Re:Prevention? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by nob ( 244898 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @08:35AM (#3564656) Homepage
    Plus the domain isn't going to help any with the main chatting system of kids, instant messaging. (Although the wiretapping may help in this area some.)
  • Re:Prevention? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by rtscts ( 156396 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @08:53AM (#3564724)
    Read the article:

    The domain measure, approved on a 406-2 vote, would have the federal government oversee a "" domain on the Internet that would have
    only material appropriate for children under 13. Web site operators' participation would be voluntary. Parents could set computer software to limit a child's access to only addresses ending in
    So, it's like a whitelist in DNS. If your site is approved for under 13's, you get to keep your domain.

    and it would not provide any access to interactive features, such as chat rooms.
    Everything that goes onto a domain must be approved by the site operators.

    This is GOOD law! It provides protection for the kiddies (GOD DAMNIT THINK OF THE CHILDREN!), it doesn't give the Govt any more censorship powers, and it doesn't put a burden on ISPs, adults or the rest of the Internet/world.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 22, 2002 @10:24AM (#3565163)

    So basically it'll work like this: If Pat Robertson signs up for, the government will give it to him because OF COURSE if it's Christian it must be good for the kids. But, if Covenant of the Goddess (Wicca, a federally recognized religion) signs up for, what do you want to bet it'll be denied on some bogus grounds whether it's kid friendly or not?

    This is just a tool for the ultra right to control the minds of children.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.