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    Accuracy does not imply publication
    by vbertola on Thursday April 03 2003, @11:04PM (#11422)
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    The author of this article (as many others, unfortunately) in my opinion fails to see the difference between collecting accurate data and publishing them to the whole world. There is no doubt that accurate data are to be collected to hold domain owners accountable for what they do with their domains(*). But this does not mean that such data should mandatorily be made available to anyone in an anonymous and free way, as it happens today. This is not just plainly illegal under lots of legislations - it is highly dangerous (and I won't repeat Karl's considerations here). Authorized law enforcement agencies should get access to such data - but not any self-appointed "street justice".

    And by the way, there's no need to identify the owner of a spam-advertised website if what you want to do is just to promptly shut the domain name (and thus the website) down.

    (*) Some argue that there may be cases where completely anonymous domain registration is desirable, and while I see some merit in this, I think this should be carefully limited to such cases. Accountability is necessary for any kind of legislation - and the sociopolitical system where you don't have legislation (anarchy, aka the law of the jungle) is usually not one of the best ones to live in.

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)

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    Re:Accuracy does not imply publication
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Saturday April 12 2003, @12:35PM (#11497)
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    I get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that the author of this comment is an ICANN at large representative. Reason enough not to join that co-option. The original article betrays a woeful lack of understanding regarding how spam is sent, and is entirely clueless regarding how to stop it. Check the next spam you receive, the underlying link is probably a dotted quad, EG: That is, you do not need a domain name at all. The spammers know this, the author apparenty doesn't, Vittorio apparently doesn't, ICANN most apparently doesn't. I find it hilarious that this collection of wankers are holding themselves up as our saviours. -g
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