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RE: [dow2tf] Topics to discuss

We don't need to get into a discussion of the purposes of WHOIS. My constituency (registries) has its own view of the purposes and other constituencies have their own views. We can still work on the assigned purposes of this TF from a basis of disagreement on the ultimate purposes of WHOIS.
(We could still independently of the work of this TF ask ICANN for clarification, but that should not divert us from what needs to be done.)

David Maher

At 12:19 PM 4/22/2004, Tim Ruiz wrote:

That's not what I am saying at all. I am not questioning whether it should
exist, just looking for an answer as what its function is supposed to be.
Has ICANN ever published a clear statement on that?

Right now what's going on is that everyone has their own view of what they
think the Whois database is for and we're trying to coming up with policies
about it. Seems to me the question of what it's for should be answered first
instead of trying to get the horse to push the cart.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dow2tf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-dow2tf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Cade,Marilyn S - LGCRP
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 9:48 AM
To: Tim Ruiz; Jordyn A. Buchanan; 2DOW2tf
Subject: RE: [dow2tf] Topics to discuss

You seem to be saying tht the TFs should have started with working first on whether WHOIS should exist. That is not agree to in the terms of reference of any of the TFs, and Council did not ask that question. WHOIS is a requirement that came in, with the creation of ICANN, as I recall. That is why it is in the registrar contracts...

I know that some people do want to start with that question, but I don't see
on that approach, within the Council, and that  isn't the task(s) given to
Council's TFs.

Marilyn S. Cade
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-----Original Message----- From: Tim Ruiz [mailto:tim@xxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 9:26 AM To: 'Jordyn A. Buchanan'; '2DOW2tf' Subject: RE: [dow2tf] Topics to discuss


Jordyn's item 1 is troubling, but important. No policy discussion on
elements, access, accuracy, or privacy should even begin as long as there is
no consensus on the purpose of Whois. This has been my growing concern as I
follow the work of these three task forces.

I believe the question of purpose alone should have been the term of
reference, or description of work, for a single task force so that later
task forces could proceed with some common ground, and have a basis upon
which to evaluate the appropriateness of any policy recommendations.

Should there at least be a joint request from the three task forces to ICANN
to provide a purpose statement or mission statement regarding Whois?


-----Original Message----- From: owner-dow2tf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-dow2tf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jordyn A. Buchanan Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 7:36 AM To: 2DOW2tf Subject: [dow2tf] Topics to discuss

As we discussed on our last call, here are some core topics that were
raised in a number of constituency statements (or in our conversation
on Monday), and may be useful for us to discuss.  In some cases, I've
identified some questions that may be helpful for us to answer.

1) What is the purpose of Whois?

2) What are the ideal methods for disclosing use of data and obtaining

3) Can proxy services be improved to provide better privacy protection?

4) Tiered Access
   - What are reactions to Registrars' proposal?
   - What are the concerns relating to tiered access?

5) Preventing Marketing Uses--Are there implications for what data is

6) Which data fields should be collected?

7) Is there a useful distinction between commercial and noncommercial

8) Is there a good mechanism to allow registrants with legitimate
privacy concerns to opt-out on a case-by-case basis?

9) What are the requirements of local/national privacy policies or


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