ICANN Expert Working Group Says Completely Replace WHOIS (video)

Jean-Francois Baril Discusses the EWG Final Report -

"Brad White interviews EWG Lead Facilitator Jean-Francois Baril about the Final Report on the Next Generation Registration Directory Service."

Resources - ICANN: "The EWG's Final Report details a complete replacement for WHOIS. The EWG proposes an unprecedented "paradigm shift" to a next generation Registration Directory Service. The EWG's Final Report was submitted to ICANN's CEO & Board and will be explored at ICANN 50 in London."

Final Report from the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services: A Next-Generation Registration Directory Service (RDS) - The Report recommending completely replacing the current WhoIs can be found here (pdf): https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/final-report-06jun14-en.pdf

EWG Recommends a Replacement for WHOIS - ICANN"... The EWG, in its 166-page final report, unanimously recommends replacing today's problematic WHOIS model, which gives anonymous users universal access to generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) registration data that is too often inaccurate. After 15-months of study, the EWG report recommends a new system that would continue to make basic data publicly available while making the rest accessible only to accredited requestors who identify themselves, state their purpose and agree to be held accountable for appropriate use of the data..."

Whois - Wikipedia: WHOIS (pronounced as the phrase who is) is a query and response protocol that is widely used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of an Internet resource, such as a domain name, an IP address block, or an autonomous system, but is also used for a wider range of other information. The protocol stores and delivers database content in a human-readable format. The WHOIS protocol is documented in RFC 3912....

Mr. Baril, the EWG, and a dissenting opinion were the subject of a earlier Domain Mondo post: ICANN suppresses free speech

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