Clearly, this is an issue that needs policy development, and policy development related to domain names is supposed to be done by the GNSO Council. However low your opinion of the GNSO Council, at least we know who is on it and how it got there, and its activities are governed by known rules.
Most importantly, we know who is represented, and people
on the Council can't get inadvertently left off of relevant
notifications, consultations and mailing lists. And it is more difficult for biased agendas to be set.
For those interested in participating, here is the
Int'l Access/Caller Paid Dial In Number: (954)797-1944
PARTICIPANT CODE: 249534
Start Date and Time: Jun 6 2003 10:00 AM US EDT
End Date and Time: Fri Jun 6 2003 12:00 PM US EDT
Duration: 2 hr 00 mins
Here is the agenda, which seems to have been set by
Ross Rader (the Man Who Would be ICANN) and Marilyn Cade without any consultation from privacy advocates:
Segment One - Presentations: Technical and Legal Exploration
10:05 - 10:20 -Overview of Port 43 problems/possible technical approaches
10:20 - 10:40 -Overview of CRISP and status
10:40 - 10:55 Overview by US FTC of the kinds of investigations they
use WHOIS for: civil and criminal.
10:55 - 11:00 Overview by US PTO of situations encountered in dealing
with trademarks, brand issues, etc.
11:00 - 11:05 - Examples of types of civil or criminal fraud problems
encountered by registrar.
These will be brief presentations, and only questions for
clarification will be taken, in order to ensure that the second phase
of the call can allow broader participation by all attendees to the
Segment Two - Roundtable: Issues and Approaches
Focus is to have mini statements from call participants on two areas.
This should allow each participant to make a very sort statement, if
they wish, in two areas: Please plan ahead about you want to so say
so that the process can move efficiently, and everyone will get to
speak, who wishes to.
What are the top 2-3 issues or concerns you think should be addressed?
What are the facts or documentation, or analysis needed, if any,
about the issue or concern you have identified?
What are some of the approaches, or solutions that you think can be
examined, and for which concern/issue/problem?
Please come prepared to participate with an understanding that the
moderator will attempt to keep the call focused on input and
questions which relate to clarification, rather than debate about
different points of view.
At the end of the call the participants will be asked to confirm
their interest in a third and final call before Montreal, tentatively
scheduled for Thursday, June 12, same time frame. If agreed, the call
will be scheduled for Thursday and will focus on further discussion
of the topics identified in the Second Phase: issues, facts needed,
and possible approaches or solutions.