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Changes to WHOIS rules

  • To: comments-ppsai-initial-05may15@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Changes to WHOIS rules
  • From: Georganne <clovernode@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:35:36 -0700

To Decisionmakers at ICANN:

The push to weaken WHOIS rules, exposing domain holders' personal info to the 
public, will only lead to more doxxing & swatting. These methods have been 
frequently used by online mobs to target activists' free speech online. This is 

If any changes are made to the WHOIS rules, it should be to strength privacy 
protections for internet users. Otherwise, ICANN is enabling abusive and 
possibly lethal (murder by police) exploitation to occur under their watch.

That responsibility cannot be handed off due to the nature of the top level 
domain naming system, which is regulated & maintained by a few key players.

As a former software quality assurance engineer, changing software in a manner 
which exposes ICANN to legal trouble seems dubious at best.

Do the right thing, and strengthen WHOIS privacy rules to protect minors, 
journalists and activists online.

Thank you. I appreciate the opportunity to comment.


Georganne Ross

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