ICANN Should Rethink WHOIS Anonymity Changes
This is an email from my online handle that I use for hobbies such as video games and blogging where I sometimes talk about controversial issues, stupid actions and consequences pertaining to the First Amendment among them. As a business owner, it would be irresponsible of me not to disassociate those personal activities from my business. In a world where the thugs, both violent and the enabled rich, behave reprehensibly because of their own misguided senses of justice, it would be inconceivable for me not to disassociate my personal and business personas. Through no fault of my own, for only holding opinions and speaking out on controversial issues, I could be exposing my business, my business partners, and my employees to physical, legal and financial threats. If ICANN could guarantee the good behavior of everyone in the world, that everyone would resort to more speech and the exchange of ideas to solve their problems, then ICANN could in good conscious reduce the protections provided by WHOIS anonymity. But a five second look at relevant headlines in any language makes it obvious to any honest person the gross negligence to free speech in general and the safety of smart, upstanding, engaged people that the current proposal demonstrates.