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Keep WHOIS as is

  • To: whois-comments-2007@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Keep WHOIS as is
  • From: Tristan Louis <tristan@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 18:59:26 -0700

<html><body>I read, with some distress, that ICANN is exploring the possibility 
of getting rid of WHOIS. For a variety of reasons, this strikes me as a very 
big problem. For starters, I do believe that the concerns raised in terms of 
changing the current state of WHOIS would not be alleviated as a result of the 
change since the data would just move from public domain to private providers. 
<br><br>While the overview of icann staff work provides some interesting 
details in the thinking that is leading us to this event, I believe that more 
minimal work is best to ensure proper functioning of the system. The WHOIS 
system may not be perfect but it is the best we have and the proposed changes 
would have a more disastrous impact than the current state of things. 
<br><br>Changing the model and adding the creation of a whitelist would only 
increase complexity while doing little to defeat efforts by people who want to 
use the data in nefarious way. As a domain name owner with data in !
 WHOIS since 1994, I can assure you that none of the current concerns about 
pishing and other efforts based on WHOIS data appear to be grounded in reality. 
<br><br>As such, I would ask that you reject the recommended changes and retain 
ICANN's focus on assuring reliable operations of the infrastructure underlying 
the internet we now all depend on.<br><br>TNL<br>----<br>Tristan Louis<br><a 

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