[gnso-dow123] Note from Paul Twomey regarding WHOIS clause in the Affirmation of Responsibilities Resolution passed by the Board last week.
Mr Bruce Tonkin Chair Generic Names Supporting Organisation Dear Bruce It would appear that speculation continues among some members of the community as to the meaning of the WHOIS clause in the Affirmation of Responsibilities Resolution passed by the Board last week. I thought it would be useful for me to write to you to make clear my understanding, and my understanding of the Board, on this. There is nothing in the WHOIS clause in the Resolution which prohibits any proper and complete development of new policy in accordance with ICANN's bylaws. The text in the Affirmation of Responsibilities is a statement of policy as it presently stands - not a statement of what is immutable or what we can't do. This clause in the Affirmation of Responsibilities Resolution is not, and cannot be, counter to the ICANN bylaws, including those which outline ICANN's policy development procedures. But if, and until, there is any change to the WHOIS policy according to these procedures, ICANN will continue to enforce the existing WHOIS policy like we would do any other policy. Indeed resources are earmarked in this year's operational plan for such compliance work. On the topic of the ongoing work on WHOIS, I would note that as part of a broader WHOIS PDP process other Supporting Organisations and Advisory Committees will have the opportunity to comment on any policy work if and when it is passed on by the Council. But this is like any other policy considered by the Board. I understand that the general thrust of what I have written above has already been communicated to the Council by Denise Michel. I hope this will give some clarity to members of the Council and the GNSO constituencies. I would appreciate it if you were to share this communication with the Council members, the public WHOIS list, and constituencies you consider relevant. Kind regards, Paul _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Dr Paul Twomey President and CEO ICANN <mailto:paul.twomey@xxxxxxxxx>