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[gnso-whois-study] Revised Hypotheses for Area 3: Availability of Privacy Services

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  • Subject: [gnso-whois-study] Revised Hypotheses for Area 3: Availability of Privacy Services
  • From: "Steve DelBianco" <sdelbianco@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:54:52 -0400

My assignment from the first call was to continue development of
hypotheses for Area 3: Availability of Privacy Services.


Revised hypotheses are shown below, and attached, and in the wiki.


Steve DelBianco

executive director, NetChoice      www.NetChoice.org 

Washington DC 

+1 202.420.7482


Area 3: Availability of privacy services  (as amended by Steve
DelBianco, 14-Jul-08)

Study Submission # 2: [submitted by Steve DelBianco, NetChoice] 1)
Gather data on types of privacy services offered through manual review
of websites offering registration services and survey of registrars and
2) attempt to correlate service characteristics (cost and features) with
the relative share of eligible registrants who choose to use a given
privacy protection service.

Registrants presently have options to effectively shield their personal
information from public display in Whois (i.e. proxy services offered by
registrars and by third parties).  

If a significant number of registrants are aware of the option to use
proxy services but do not select them, we can conclude that the cost of
proxy services do not justify the benefits of privacy protection.


Study Submission # 5: [submitted by Alan Levin] Study whether resellers
and registrars offer privacy services to differentiate themselves from
others, and, if so, whether this is a factor that encourages competition
and whether it is available at no charge.

The whois at present, allows resellers and registrars to offer privacy
services, which is an opportunity for these industry players to
differentiate themselves on value (rather than reputation only). 


GAC recommendation #7: What is the historical trend and current
percentage of the registrars' and their affiliates' proxy and privacy
registrations in relation to the total number of domain name
registrations in gTLDs?

[implied hypothesis]   A growing share of registrants are protecting the
privacy of their Whois data by using proxy registrations and/or privacy

GAC recommendation #8: What is the percentage of registrars and all
affiliates that offer proxy or privacy registrations?

[implied hypothesis]   A growing share of registrars and affiliates are
offering proxy registration and/or privacy services.




Attachment: Area 3 hypotheses.doc
Description: Area 3 hypotheses.doc

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