ICANN plans to publish the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System Phase I report in the coming weeks. A webinar is scheduled for 26 August 2015, and will focus on the findings of the report and its implications for the community, including domain name registrants:
Date / Time: 26 August 2015, 15:00 - 16:00 UTC (time zone converter) 11:00AM ET (US)
Teleconference: Download numbers [PDF, 124 KB] (Passcode: GDD)
The webinar will be conducted in English. Recordings will be published in the knowledge center of WHOIS website at: http://whois.icann.org/en/knowledge-center.
Participants will learn about the results of the Phase 1 Syntactical Validation Study, which measured the overall syntactical (formatting) accuracy of WHOIS records. The results will include comparisons based on Registrar Accreditation Agreements (2009 RAA v. 2013 RAA), top-level domain types (e.g., new or "legacy" gTLDs) and across ICANN regions.
The WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System is an ICANN initiative born out of recommendations from the 2012 WHOIS Review to improve oversight of the WHOIS Program. ICANN committed to proactively identifying potentially inaccurate gTLD WHOIS contact data and forwarding potentially inaccurate records to gTLD registrars for investigation and follow up. A pilot study conducted in 2014, which acted as a proof of concept of this system, was designed with the intention of testing its key components so the framework could be leveraged to develop repeatable processes to produce assessments. Phase 1 takes lessons learned from the pilot study and operationalizes the Accuracy Reporting System. The Phase 1 report will provide information to the community on overall WHOIS accuracy, leading types of nonconformances (based on the applicable Registrar Accreditation Agreement), and data that ICANN's Compliance team will be required to follow up on with registrars regarding potentially inaccurate records.