WHOIS Debate Goes to Brazil|
posted by Mueller on Monday December 04 2006, @06:17AM
The ICANN GNSO's effort to make the Internet's WHOIS service consistent with basic privacy norms reaches a new phase at the Sao Paulo meeting this week.
The Noncommercial Users Constituency is holding a public meeting on Whois, the New MoU, and the Right to Privacy. The event happens tomorrow (Dec. 5th) from 2:30 - 6:30 and includes various constituencies, including Martin Boyle, the UK GAC representative, as well as regional speakers.
The GNSO has completed its preliminary Task Force report, which proposes to allow registrants to designate an "operational point of contact" to be published in WHOIS instead of their own personal, private contact data.
In reaction, ICANN's U.S.-dominated Governmental Advisory Committee has developed a set of "Public Policy Principles" for WHOIS that attempt to slow down or stop the GNSO's efforts. The draft GAC principles were posted here by the Internet Governance Project.