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RE: [gnso-whois-study] Agenda for 5 August Whois Hypotheses Group Call

  • To: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <gnso-whois-study@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [gnso-whois-study] Agenda for 5 August Whois Hypotheses Group Call
  • From: "Metalitz, Steven" <met@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 07:26:57 -0700

Not that I know of.  


From: Gomes, Chuck [mailto:cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:21 AM
To: Metalitz, Steven; gnso-whois-study@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [gnso-whois-study] Agenda for 5 August Whois Hypotheses
Group Call

Thanks Steve.  Am I correct in assuming that no further information has
been provided about the contract negotiations or resulting study?


        From: Metalitz, Steven [mailto:met@xxxxxxx] 
        Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:15 AM
        To: Gomes, Chuck; gnso-whois-study@xxxxxxxxx
        Subject: RE: [gnso-whois-study] Agenda for 5 August Whois
Hypotheses Group Call
        The following excerpt from ICANN's semi-annual contract
compliance report released last week is relevant to Area #7, agenda item
5a.   The full document can be found at
        E. Whois Data Accuracy Study 



        With the goal of providing useful information to ICANN
constituencies and the Internet community regarding Whois data accuracy,
ICANN launched a Whois Data Accuracy Study in November 2007. The Whois
Data Accuracy Study was designed to assess, with a standard degree of
accuracy, the percentage of Whois data accuracy that exists within a
representative sample of the gTLD population. This is the first study of
this type to be conducted by ICANN. To allow sufficient time to complete
planning, execution and analysis of findings, it is estimated that the
study will take approximately 12 to 15 months to complete 



        With the assistance of a statistician, ICANN developed a
sampling plan to extract a representative sample of domain names from
the gTLD population. As part of the sampling plan, an algorithm was
developed to determine the appropriate sample population size - one that
provided acceptable accuracy and certainty levels. ICANN selected a
sample from an infinitely large data base that provided a measure of
accuracy to +/- 5% with a certainty of 95%. Next, staff randomly
selected domain names in accordance with statistical sampling practices.


        After randomly selecting a representative sample population of
domain names and determining that the representative sample includes
domain names with addresses in approximately 45 countries, staff
commenced the process of clearly defining the methodology to verify the
accuracy of each domain name Whois data set. 


        After completing a trial Whois data accuracy verification
process for a small number of domain names, staff's results indicated a
number of issues to be addressed in the actual survey. Additionally,
staff documented several obstacles that made it extremely difficult to
verify the accuracy of names and addresses. 


        In the interest of providing reliable and useful information
regarding Whois data accuracy, it was determined that a credible entity
with significant experience conducting name and address verifications
should be consulted before continuing. Accordingly, ICANN staff
undertook a search to find institutions that provide name and address
verification services. After developing and transmitting a needs
statement, ICANN received proposals from several companies that
purported to provide name and address verification services and/or
research analysis services. Staff is in advanced discussions with one

        NEXT STEPS 

        ICANN is engaged in contract negotiations with a highly
respected research institution to collaborate in developing a sampling
plan and multi-stage methodology to determine the accuracy of the Whois
data across all gTLDs. 



        From: owner-gnso-whois-study@xxxxxxxxx
[mailto:owner-gnso-whois-study@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gomes, Chuck
        Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 2:41 PM
        To: gnso-whois-study@xxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [gnso-whois-study] Agenda for 5 August Whois Hypotheses
Group Call
        Attached and pasted below is the Agenda for our next Whois
Hypotheses Group Call on 5 August.
        Meeting Agenda for Whois Hypotheses Group  5 August 2008


        15:00 UTC [08:00 PDT (California), 10:00 CDT (Cedar Rapids),
11:00 EDT Washington DC), 16:00 BST (London), 17:00 CEST (Brussels)]


        Note:  The meeting will be recorded.






        Summary of public suggestions:


        1.      Welcome

        2.      Roll call (Glen)

        3.      Agenda approval

        4.      Follow-up discussion on the following (if needed) and
finalization of the hypotheses for:

        a.       Area 5: Impact of WHOIS data protection on crime and
abuse (#6, #13, GAC #11, GAC #1, GAC #2)

        b.       Area 6: Proxy registrar compliance with law enforcement
and dispute resolution requests (#3, #20, Metalitz comment, #12)

        5.      Continue developing hypotheses:

        a.        Area 7: Whois data accuracy (#8, # 11)  [Note that
James provided draft hypotheses that are in the table on the wiki.] 

        b.      Area 8: Other GAC recommendations (GAC #1, GAC #5, GAC
#6, and GAC #3)  [Note that Eric Brunner-Williams provided draft
hypotheses that are in the table on the wiki.]

        6.      Develop action plan with timelines for sending full set
of hypotheses to those who proposed the studies for their feedback.

        7.      Next meeting:  Tuesday, 5 August 2008, 15:00 UTC  (This
may be changed depending on 6 above.)

        8.      Action items

        a.       Chuck: Prepare and distribute meeting recap NLT 30 July

        b.      All:  Review the hypotheses developed for Areas 7 & 8
and provide any comments on the list before (insert deadline).

        c.       Liz:

        1.      Prepare and distribute list of completed hypotheses NLT
30 July

        2.      Prepare final document with all proposed hypotheses and
introductory information.

        d.      Glen:  Send final document to those who proposed the
studies for their feedback with a response deadline of (insert date).

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