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    Privacy ICANN Registrars Organizing a Process Outside the WHOIS Process
    posted by michael on Tuesday May 27 2003, @01:37PM

    Another sign that ICANN is getting more and more like a government body? The Registrars are organizing a parallel process to formulate a common position on WHOIS issues. They call it "community sponsored, open" -- words that are not always good words in ICANN NewSpeak.
    Bad spin: a fixup job to game the process before it starts with ex-ICANN CEO and no-friend-to-privacy Mike Roberts acting as ringmaster and master of ceremonies. Anyone who participates will be cited as having been consulted when 'consensus' is announced.
    Good spin: registrars are continuing to do stuff in the open, and are not being exclusionary. It's easier to join a conference call than to go to an ICANN meeeting.
    True spin: I don't know. But I wish they'd gotten a better MC.
    (Full text of the email from Tucows' Ross Wm. Rader below).



    From: owner-registrars@xxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-registrars@xxxxxxxx] On
    Behalf Of Ross Wm. Rader
    Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 3:03 PM
    To: registrars@xxxxxxxx
    Subject: [registrars] Teleconference Invitation: Whois
    
    
    Folks,
    
    Next week, there will be a community sponsored, open teleconference to
    discuss how we can work within the ICANN process to start implementing
    first steps towards a Whois that more appropriately suits the needs of
    all affected stakeholders. There has been a lot of talk on the various
    issues, public and private, but no actual sign-posts erected that would
    allow us to see this issue towards a logical and appropriate conclusion.
    This will not, of course, replace the policy development process, but
    provide inputs to it and hopefully, early relief on key issues such as
    access to data, privacy and accuracy.
    
    Now is the time for registrars to take a leadership position within the
    ICANN community and push for the creation and implementation of a
    coherent whois policy that takes us beyond the current rhetoric and
    conjecture and towards a resolution that we can all live with. This
    isn't something that's going to happen by itself, but it is something
    that interests working outside of the ICANN process might seize upon and
    attempt to hand the ICANN community a solution that we had no input into
    and doesn't suit our needs.
    
    To this end, a group of registrars, business leaders, intellectual
    property interests, generic and country registry operators, consumer
    rights and other related parties are in the process of putting together
    an open forum that will occur next week. Our goal is to start an open
    and honest dialogue between impacted parties and identify points of
    agreement that we can start building on. I must stress that this will be
    an open forum with an agenda.  It will not be a closed session, but
    progress is expected, so there will be boundaries and goals to the
    discussion. We are in the process of identifying a facilitator that can
    act as a neutral moderator of the discussion and ensure that the
    continuum of positions each have a fair and appropriate opportunity to
    be heard.
    
    The call will occur next Friday, May 30, 2003. The final time and dialin
    information still has not been established.
    
    I am sending this message to the constituency membership now to ensure
    that we can pre-book an appropriate number of teleconference ports and
    finalize the call format to ensure maximum productivity.
    
    If you would like to attend this open forum on Whois, please send an
    RSVP back to the list. I may not be the person counting the final yea's
    and nay's of who and who will not be in attendance, so it will just be
    easier to use this mailing list as a collection point.
    
    Similar invitations will go out, or have gone out, to other GNSO
    constituencies and other key bodies with the ICANN community. As this is
    an open call, please feel free to forward this notice to those whomever
    you feel would like an opportunity to make a positive contribution.
    
    In the meantime, start to give some consideration to what principle
    attributes of the Whois you find most important and what your core
    requirements are for Whois. Focusing on what is important to your
    organization and what functions you would like to see maintained or
    added will allow us to have a productive discussion focused on problem
    solving.
    
    For instance:
    
    Principle: Query based access to a coordinated Whois system upon the
    presentation of valid credentials must continue to be maintained for
    legitimate users.
    
    Requirement: Implementations should rely on pre-existing IETF
    standards-based or IETF standards-track based technologies.
    Implementations *must not* require the development of new protocols.
    
    I am just finishing up a Tucows document outlining our principles,
    requirements and a proposal - it might be appropriate to use as a
    lightning rod for constituency discussion and communication leading up
    to the teleconference.
    
    If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line - preferably
    on-list so that I don't have to answer the same question multiple times
    ;)
    
    Thanks in advance,
    
    
               -rwr
    
    -------------------------------
    Ross Wm. Rader
    Director, Innovation & Research
    Tucows Inc. 
    

     
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