[bc-gnso] Council call today

Baskin, James F (Jim) james.f.baskin at verizon.com
Thu Feb 16 18:36:06 UTC 2012

This is a great start. There are likely a few more aspects that would need to be covered - like registration info changes without a registrant change - but this is going in the right direction.

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From: Marilyn Cade [marilynscade at hotmail.com<mailto:marilynscade at hotmail.com>]
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 01:21 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: John Berard; Bill Smith
Cc: Lynn Goodendorf; owner-bc-gnso at icann.org; Steve Delbianco; bc - GNSO list
Subject: RE: [bc-gnso] Council call today

A centralized WHOIS database, operated by ICANN, and outsourced, could benefit business [and govt's and NGOs] tremendously.

NO names go live until verified payment received -- no future kiting and tasting opportunities supported by registries, registrars, and resellers

Standards for WHOIS

Single cost for entry to registrant and single cost to anyone accessing
ISO certified

This is not a discussion on who gets access, or what is displayed -- but a discussion on benefits of standards, and a single validated database.

In  my view, high benefit to business users.

And, registrants like companies, can more easily look for cybersquatted names.

From: john at crediblecontext.com
To: bill.smith at paypal-inc.com; marilynscade at hotmail.com
CC: lynn at goodsecurityconsulting.com; owner-bc-gnso at icann.org; sdelbianco at netchoice.org; bc-gnso at icann.org
Subject: RE: [bc-gnso] Council call today
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:37:25 -0700


Here is the pertinent line from the final report:

From a technical perspective, a thick Whois model provides a central repository for a given registry.  Historically, centralized databases are operated under a single administrator that sets conventions and standards for submission and display, archival/restoration and security have proven easier to manage.

Not so much a call but a possibility.  The report notes that some comments, like that coming from the IPC, did call for a centralized database.


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Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] Council call today
From: "Smith, Bill" <bill.smith at paypal-inc.com<mailto:bill.smith at paypal-inc.com>>
Date: Thu, February 16, 2012 8:30 am
To: Marilyn Cade <marilynscade at hotmail.com<mailto:marilynscade at hotmail.com>>
Cc: Lynn Goodendorf <lynn at goodsecurityconsulting.com<mailto:lynn at goodsecurityconsulting.com>>,
"<owner-bc-gnso at icann.org<mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org>>" <owner-bc-gnso at icann.org<mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org>>, Steve
Delbianco <sdelbianco at netchoice.org<mailto:sdelbianco at netchoice.org>>, bc - GNSO list
<bc-gnso at icann.org<mailto:bc-gnso at icann.org>>

To be clear, I am not questioning the BC position. Rather, I was pointing out that the characterization of the WHOIS RT recommendation as a call for a centralized database was perhaps incorrect.

On Feb 16, 2012, at 8:19 AM, Marilyn Cade wrote:

I understand that the WG may have made a distinction. However, the BC has supported thick WHOIS. It is helpful to have the clarification from the independent experts on that subject.

Marilyn Cade

> Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] Council call today
> To: bill.smith at paypal-inc.com<mailto:bill.smith at paypal-inc.com><mailto:bill.smith at paypal-inc.com>; owner-bc-gnso at icann.org<mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org><mailto:owner-bc-gnso at icann.org>; sdelbianco at netchoice.org<mailto:sdelbianco at netchoice.org><mailto:sdelbianco at netchoice.org>
> CC: bc-gnso at icann.org<mailto:bc-gnso at icann.org><mailto:bc-gnso at icann.org>
> From: lynn at goodsecurityconsulting.com<mailto:lynn at goodsecurityconsulting.com><mailto:lynn at goodsecurityconsulting.com>
> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:15:31 +0000
> Yes Bill- our RT made a deliberate distinction between a centralized web interface rather than a database.
> We believe this approach is feasible and would provide consumers with a single URL for whois lookups.
> Lynn
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> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:07:06
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> Subject: Re: [bc-gnso] Council call today
> A clarification.
> I don't think the WHOIS RT recommendations include "a call for centralized database of WHOIS data". If it does, it's an error. What we are recommending is that there be a centralized point of *access* to WHOIS data.
> The data could reside anywhere.
> If our report says otherwise, or projects that perception, please let us know.
> On Feb 16, 2012, at 6:30 AM, Steve DelBianco wrote:
> Resending this to BC List (since I was rejected when sending to BC-Private)
> From: Steve DelBianco <sdelbianco at actonline.org<mailto:sdelbianco at actonline.org>><mailto:sdelbianco at actonline.org><mailto:sdelbianco at actonline.org>>
> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:03:22 -0500
> To: Zahid Jamil <zahid at dndrc.com<mailto:zahid at dndrc.com>><mailto:zahid at dndrc.com><mailto:zahid at dndrc.com>>, John Berard <john at crediblecontext.com<mailto:john at crediblecontext.com>><mailto:john at crediblecontext.com><mailto:john at crediblecontext.com>>
> Cc: <bc-private at icann.org<mailto:bc-private at icann.org>><mailto:bc-private at icann.org><mailto:bc-private at icann.org>>
> Subject: Council call today
> John & Zahid — just a follow-up on last week's member call, where we discussed the motions you have today in Council.
> Motion to start a PDP on Thick WHOIS:
> This one is complicated.
> BC wants accessible and accurate WHOIS, and thick WHOIS is part of the solution. But another part of the solution is amending the RAA to require verification of WHOIS data. And the WHOIS review Team draft report includes many recommendations on WHOIS, including a call for centralized database of WHOIS data.
> We also understand that registrars are not willing to share their WHOIS data with a thick .com whois or a a central database — unless ICANN adopts a new "consensus policy" requiring data sharing. And we know that it takes a PDP to create such a new consensus policy.
> However, we don't want to do anything that removes pressure on the current process to amend the RAA. And we are concerned that launching a new PDP could create an excuse for the RAA negotiators to avoid making any changes on WHOIS.
> John Berard was going to ask Stephane about deferring his PDP motion until after the RAA amendments are done.
> If John's outreach effort wasn't successful, I think the BC members would want you to ask for a deferral of the PDP motion, for reasons stated above.
> Motion for implementation of IRTP Recommendation 8:
> Support. The BC had several members on the IRTP-B working group, and we support implementation of the working group's recommendation.
> Motion to send letter to Board asking to allow single-letter IDN gTLDs:
> Support. The BC supports the expansion of gTLDs to IDN users, and wants TLDs to be able to use a single-character IDN if that's most appropriate for the linguistic community being served.
> Hope that's helpful. Let me know if there's any other info I can provide for today's call.
> --
> Steve DelBianco
> Vice chair for policy coordination

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