In anticipation of the Singapore meeting, the WHOIS Policy Review Team wishes to solicit input from the Community on their Discussion Paper [PDF, 182 KB], which calls for feedback on issues identified by the Review Team.
The public comment box shall remain open for 45 days consistent with ICANN practices and will close on 23 July 2011. Please submit your comments at: email@example.com. Your participation is essential to the success of the review, and your input will be carefully considered. The WHOIS Review Team also welcomes general comments and feedback on any other issues you would like the Review Team to consider.
Please note that the WHOIS Review Team will hold a full day of public face-to-face meeting on Sunday, 19 June in Singapore (Morrison). Public attendance is welcome but comments should be submitted during the Interaction with the Community Session scheduled for Wednesday, 22 June, 14:30-16:00 (Canning). Sessions with ICANN SOs/ACs and constituencies are foreseen in Singapore; the Review Team’s schedule may be found at: https://community.icann.org/display/whoisreview/Singapore+Meeting
“ICANN additionally commits to enforcing its existing policy relating to WHOIS, subject to applicable laws. Such existing policy requires that ICANN implement measures to maintain timely, unrestricted and public access to accurate and complete WHOIS information, including registrant, technical, billing, and administrative contact information. One year from the effective date of this document and then no less frequently than every three years thereafter, ICANN will organize a review of WHOIS policy and its implementation to assess the extent to which WHOIS policy is effective and its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement and promotes consumer trust.” www.icann.org/en/documents/affirmation-of-commitments-30sep09-en.htm
The WHOIS policy Review Team is composed of ten SO/AC representatives, two independent experts, one Law Enforcement representative, the ICANN President and CEO (Selector)’s designated nominee and the Chair of the GAC (Selector)’s designated nominee. For full reference, please consult: www.icann.org/en/reviews/affirmation/composition-4-en.htm.
In March 2011, the WHOIS Policy RT submitted its scope of work and roadmap, outreach plan, action plan and list of key definitions for public comment www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-04mar11-en.htm. In San Francisco, it held sessions with a number of ICANN SO/ACs and constituencies as well as a general interaction with the Community session in order to gather feedback on its working definitions.
The Review Team’s progress, working documents, activities may be viewed on a public wiki at: https://community.icann.org/display/whoisreview/WHOIS+Policy+Review+Team
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