[alac] DRAFT Statement on Whois Process
The At Large Advisory Committee is also concerned that _/the process/_ for addressing the numerous whois issues now under review by the GNSO is flawed. In November, 2003, the GNSO created three task forces to address various aspects of whois, and the participants in those task forces, and the single task force that they merged into, have yet to reach consensus on the major issues before them.
The ALAC acknowledges that the various whois task forces have worked hard on some of the most difficult and divisive issues facing the GNSO and, importantly, has made progress in some areas. At the same time, the ALAC believes that reaching a consensus on other whois-related issues may not be possible in either the near or long term if the GNSO continues to follow its present course of discussions, consultations and debate.
The ALAC encourages the GNSO, with appropriate support from the ICANN Staff and/or professional mediation services, to explore new methods of brokering compromises by all the GNSO stakeholders in order to reach a resolution of the ongoing whois work.