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

  • To: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <robin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Maria Farrell" <maria.farrell@xxxxxxxxx>, "Council GNSO" <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [council] Draft Charter for new Whois Working Group
  • From: "Anthony Harris" <harris@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 17:55:15 -0300
  • References: <046F43A8D79C794FA4733814869CDF0701CC8000@dul1wnexmb01.vcorp.ad.vrsn.com>
  • Sender: owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I agree with Chuck

Tony Harris

----- Original Message ----- From: "Gomes, Chuck" <cgomes@xxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <robin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; "Maria Farrell" <maria.farrell@xxxxxxxxx>; "Council GNSO" <council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 5:32 PM
Subject: RE: [council] Draft Charter for new Whois Working Group

I think we also have to be careful about undoing the extensive work that
was done 'live' in Lisbon in crafting the motion.  We spent the majority
of our time in the Council meeting in Lisbon on this one issue and even
worked through what was supposed to be a lunch break.  If we restart the
process of amending the motion over again I am fearful that we will
again spend the majority of our meeting time trading amendments without
moving the process forward.  I doubt very seriously that there is any
possibility of writing the motion so that it perfectly satisfies
everyone but the important thing is make it clear enough that
constructive work can proceed in a timely fashion.  I agree that the SoW
needs to be reasonably bounded but I would oppose making it so
restrictive that creative thinking was limited that might result in
totally new approaches not yet considered.  It's not as if strong
consensus was reached by the working group so there seems to be plenty
of room for collaborative work if all sides are willing to commit to it.

I would suggest that we limit the time we spend discussing and
considering amendments; if quick consensus can be reached, fine; if not,
then it might be best to accept the motion as drafted in Lisbon and work
on forming the group, identifying a chair, finalizing the procedural
guidelines, etc.

Chuck Gomes

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:owner-council@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Robin Gross
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 2:50 PM
To: Maria Farrell; 'Council GNSO'
Subject: Re: [council] Draft Charter for new Whois Working Group

NCUC amends this motion to include one additional point of
clarification that is necessary to keep this working group focused.

The objective proposed in the draft charter is badly worded
because it would allow for each and every recommendation of
the previous whois task force to be revisited ("examine the
issues raised with respect to the policy recommendation of
the task force and make recommendations concerning how those
policies may be improved...).

This new working group is not meant to "undo" the three years
of work on the whois task force.  Therefore it is important
that we keep this new working group on track by more clearly
stating the objective.

NCUC proposes to amend the basic objective [new words in
CAPS] as follows:

"The objective of the working group is to examine the
IMPLEMENTATION issues raised BY the recommendED OPOC PROPOSAL
of the task force, and make recommendations concerning how

Thank you,

Robin Gross wrote:

> In considering this WG charter April 12, NCUC moves to amend it as
> follows:
> Under section 4b, Change the sentence "Determine how third
parties may
> access registration data that is no longer available for
> public query-based access for legitimate activities."
> to...
> Determine which third parties, under which conditions, may access
> registration data that is no longer available for
unrestricted public
> query-based access."
> Also, strike the 8 paragraphs beginning "The GAC policy
> principles...."
> Reason:
> The opening sentence of 4b reads as if ANY third party will
be given
> access to the data for any activity. But this begs the
policy question
> that the WG must answer, which is WHICH third parties
(e.g., just law
> enforcement agencies, or others) and under WHAT CONDITIONS.
> As for the second change, having discussed this with GAC
members, the
> objections of the EU to the language was resolved by
stating that some
> of the ACTIVITIES that Whois data was used for was legitimate, but
> this did not necessarily mean that ACCESS TO THE PRIVATE
DATA was also
> legitimate. Also, the Whois task force has already
determined that the
> purpose of Whois does not include many of these activities,
so there
> is no obligation on ICANN to make the data available for
those activities.
> Thank you,
> Robin
> Ross Rader wrote:
>> Maria -
>> Many thanks for turning this around so quickly. The draft is
>> generally great. I'd like to suggest that the section
entitled "work
>> plan" uses the relevant text of the resolution instead of the
>> language currently employed. In a couple of places, the work plan
>> outlines a much greater scope of work than that
contemplated by the
>> resolutions, specifically;
>> 4.a proposed expands the examination of the definition of
the roles
>> to all contacts, whereas the resolution only sought to examine the
>> definition of the operational point of contact.
>> 4.b proposed requests the WG to determine how third parties may
>> access unpublished data for legitimate activities, whereas the
>> resolution only seeks to describe how legitimate interests will
>> access unpublished data. The difference seems small, but
the proposed
>> language requests the creation of a comprehensive proposal that
>> describes an access mechanism for a long list of "legitimate
>> activities" rather than a proposal that describes an
access mechanism
>> for use by legitimate interests.
>> 4.c proposed additionally requests the WG to determine how the
>> distinctions should be made whereas the Council resolution only
>> sought to discover if the distinctions in question were
possible to
>> make.
>> In each of these cases, it might just make the most sense
to rely on
>> the text of the original resolution as ratified by Council
to ensure
>> that we don't lose clarity on our actual objectives.
>> Second, a question. Concerning the issue of defining
agreement. When
>> it comes to understanding what constitutes "broad agreement", will
>> this be measured on the views shared by individuals or
interest groups?
>> Finally, in order to ensure that we're all working from the same
>> foundation, it might make sense to specifically include the policy
>> recommendations of the task force in the document itself,
either as a
>> summary, or an annex that we can easily refer to. The policy
>> recommendations that I am referring to are included in
section 4 of
>> the report, as per the clarifications I made during our discuss at
>> the recent Council meeting.
>> Thanks again,
>> -ross
>> On 30-Mar-07, at 2:51 PM, 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>
>> Ross Rader
>> Director, Retail Services
>> t. 416.538.5492
>> c. 416.828.8783
>> http://www.domaindirect.com
>> "To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow."
>> - Erik Nupponen

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