1. For each existing data field within the Whois,
please provide feedback to the task force regarding the following:
a) Use How do members of your
constituency make use of the data?
I have been involved
in two separate situations (one non-profit, one for-profit) in
which corporations located in Asian countries, possibly working with US
firms, obtained the primary domain name of organizations with which I was
involved. The data was critical to take the necessary steps to return the
domain names back to their rightful owners.
b) Necessity Is it necessary that this
information be made available to members of your constituency? If so,
Absolutely. I fear
the rampant "theft" of domain names will lead to greater abuses on the
internet, including spam and cyber squatting.
c) Concerns Describe any concerns your
constituency may have with making this information available.
2. If there are fields not presently available within
Whois that would be of use to members of your constituency, please suggest what
those fields may be. For each suggestion, provide feedback regarding the
a) Use How would members of your constituency make
use of the data?
b) Necessity Is it necessary that this information
be made available to members of your constituency? If so, why?
3. Please comment on any mechanisms that you are
aware of to allow anonymous domain registrations, or to limit the amount of
contact data made publicly available through Whois?
2004 MBA Candidate at
The Harvard Business School