[council] Version 2: Proposed simplified WHOIS motion for 20 July 2006

Bruce Tonkin Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au
Wed Jul 19 09:40:00 UTC 2006

Hello All,

Here is an improved version.  Thanks for input from Dan Halloran, Maria
Farrell, Denise Michael, and various members of the GNSO community!

Bruce Tonkin

Proposed Simplified Motion on WHOIS

"The GNSO Council notes that the WHOIS definition approved by the GNSO
Council on 18 April 06, as a working definition to allow the WHOIS task
force to proceed with its work, is related to the service that provides
public access to some of the data collected by registrars.   It is not a
definition of the purpose of the data collected by the registrars in the
course of registering a domain name for their customers.

In response to the extensive community and Government input on the
definition of the purpose of WHOIS, the GNSO Council agrees to undertake
the following steps:

(1)  Each Council member that voted in favour of the definition may
provide a brief explanation of the reason for supporting the resolution
and their understanding of its meaning.

(2) The ICANN staff will provide a summary of the other interpretations
of the definition that have been expressed during the public comment
period, and subsequently in correspondence from the public and

(3) The GNSO Council requests that the WHOIS task force continue with
their work as specified in the terms of reference taking into account
the recent input that has been provided.

(4)  The GNSO Council will take the Final Report (as specified in clause
9(c) of the GNSO PDP process) from the WHOIS task force after the task
force finishes its work on all the terms of reference, engage in further
dialogue with the Advisory Committees (including the GAC, SSAC and
ALAC), and consider improving the wording of the WHOIS service
definition so that it is broadly understandable.   

Note that the WHOIS Task force will produce a Task Force Report (as
specified in clause 7(e) of the GNSO PDP process) later in 2006 that
addresses all terms of reference. This report will be subject to a
further public comment process, and the output of this public comment
will be incorporated into the Final Report.

Note that the previous clause (3) in the motion posted on 13 July 2006
that related to the purposes for collecting data is now the subject of a
separate motion."

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