[Gnso-ppsai-pdp-wg] Follow up on Whois-related definitions

Mary Wong mary.wong at icann.org
Tue Dec 3 22:31:40 UTC 2013

Hello everyone,

As requested, attached is the Definitions Document that was prepared by the
GNSO's Whois Drafting Team in February 2009. By way of further background,
much of the more recent GNSO work on various aspects of Whois can be
attributed to an October 2007 resolution by the GNSO Council which approved
a "comprehensive, objective and quantifiable understanding of key factual
issues [that] would benefit future GNSO policy development efforts". As a
result, a few GNSO groups were formed ­ first, a Whois Study Group to
develop a list of possible Whois studies, followed by a Whois Hypothesis
Working Group to develop a series of hypothesis to be tested, and then a
Whois Drafting Team that consolidated and ranked suggested studies based on
feedback from the GAC and the various GNSO constituencies. As part of its
work, the Whois DT created the list of definitions that are attached to this

Subsequently, in March 2009, the GNSO Council resolved to investigate the
cost and feasibility of certain Whois studies:
http://gnso.icann.org/en/council/resolutions#200903. In April 2011, the GNSO
Council resolved to proceed with the Privacy & Proxy Abuse Study:

Since the question of Relay/Reveal was brought up both in this group's
informal meeting in Buenos Aires and in the Expert Working Group's Status
Report, members may also find the staff report on the proposed Relay/Reveal
Study (which explains why a pre-feasibility study was done instead) helpful.
As such, I've attached the staff report to this email as well.

For further background on the work of the 2008-2009 Whois DT (including the
group's discussions on the Definitions Document), see

I hope this is helpful!


Mary Wong
Senior Policy Director
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN)
Telephone: +1 603 574 4892
Email: mary.wong at icann.org

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