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Re: [council] Draft Charter for new Whois Working Group

  • To: Council GNSO <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Maria Farrell <maria.farrell@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [council] Draft Charter for new Whois Working Group
  • From: Avri Doria <avri@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 01:35:25 +0100
  • Cc: gnso-dow123@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • In-reply-to: <002701c772d2$94b3f9f0$62f289c1@scarlet>
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Maria, thank you for creating the draft charter. I mostly favor it, but do have one issue. In fact it is, essentially, the same issue that caused me to vote against the creation of the WG of the first place.

While the Background section of the report goes over the recent history of the Council vis a vis whois, it leaves out any mention of the decision made by the council in April of 2006 regarding the purpose of whois. While there may be a desire, or even an intention, to unwind this decision, I do not think we can do so by omission. Rather, if the council needs to reconsider in light of intervening events as was indicated when the decision was first made, they we should should do so openly and transparently. Personally I would prefer to not have to reconsider the purpose of whois, but if we do, we should do so intentionally and it may make sense to do in terms of the requirements (whatever the final set may be) that the WG has to deal with.

I also welcome the notion of working within a GNSO Council WG that includes, as full members, members of the GAC, representatives from government agencies (e.g. law enforcement) and the broader community. Am I correct in assuming that we would also welcome, and invite, members from other ICANN ACs as well as members from government agencies such as those involved in privacy protection, freedom of expression and data protection?

In any case, I would like to be included in this Working Group and look forward to working within a multistakeholder group to achieve a greater consensus with the council and the community.



On 30 mar 2007, at 14.51, Maria Farrell wrote:

Dear Council members,

Attached is the draft Charter that sets out the statement of work and working methodologies of the Whois Working Group, created by resolution of the GNSO Council in Lisbon, on 28 March.

Please review it and note that it will be an agenda item for discussion and adoption at the next Council meeting on 12 April.

Also, please email this list if you wish to be on the Working Group, and feel free to to put any interested constituency members or outside experts in touch with me for further information.

All the best, Maria
<Whois Working Group Charter2.doc>

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