ICANN ICANN Email List Archives


<<< Chronological Index >>>    <<< Thread Index >>>

RrSG Position re WHOIS Policy Review Team

  • To: "whois-rt@xxxxxxxxx" <whois-rt@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RrSG Position re WHOIS Policy Review Team
  • From: "Clarke D. Walton" <clarke.walton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 02:53:47 -0400

April 17, 2011

Registrar Stakeholder Group Position Regarding
WHOIS Policy Review Team


The Registrar Stakeholder Group ("RrSG") is providing feedback regarding the 
WHOIS Policy Review Team ("WHOIS RT").  This position paper captures the 
overall sentiment expressed by the RrSG members who provided feedback about 
this matter.  Due to time constraints, however, no formal vote regarding this 
position paper was taken.


The RrSG generally supports the WHOIS RT's proposed plans contained in Section 
1 (Scope of Work), Section 2 (Outreach Plan) and Section 3 (Action Plan).  
These plans seem reasonable.  The RrSG believes, however, that the WHOIS RT's 
use of word "consumer trust" throughout these sections is cause for concern.

In the RrSG's view, defining the key term "consumer trust" will be challenging, 
particularly through a consensus process.  Accordingly, the RrSG suggests that 
the WHOIS RT arrive at a temporary working definition of "consumer trust" that 
allows the group to move forward in its mission while continually working to 
create a more permanent definition of "consumer trust" that is eventually 
derived through a consensus process.

The RrSG's primary concerns with the WHOIS RT's proposed plans center upon the 
RT's existing definitions for a variety of key terms contained in Section 4, 

Definition 2 (Applicable Laws):  This definition is adequate in part, with the 
exception that UN declarations and resolutions are often non-binding and as 
such inappropriate for the WHOIS RT's work.  Accordingly, in the RrSG's view, 
non-binding resolutions do not meet the appropriate threshold for an 
"applicable law" and the WHOIS RT should remove these references from this 

Definition 3 (Producers and Maintainers):  The RrSG supports this definition.

Definition 4 (Consumers):  The RrSG is concerned with the broad scope that the 
word "Consumer" may encompass. As mentioned above, creating an overly broad 
definition of "Consumer" will complicate the further definition of "consumer 
trust." Accordingly, the RrSG recommends that the WHOIS RT view and interpret 
the word "Consumer" narrowly and in terms of WHOIS specifically.

Notwithstanding the RrSG's concerns with these critical definitions, the RrSG 
sincerely appreciates the work that the WHOIS RT has accomplished thus far and 
the RrSG looks forward to providing additional input as the WHOIS RT advances 
to the next steps outlined in its proposed plans.


The opinions expressed by the RrSG in this position paper should not be 
interpreted to reflect the individual opinion of any particular RrSG member.

<<< Chronological Index >>>    <<< Thread Index >>>

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Cookies Policy