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[ga] Privacy/WHOIS

Dear Paul,

As the issue of privacy is of great concern to many members of the General
Assembly, I, and assuredly many others, would be grateful for the
opportunity to participate in your WHOIS Committee activities.
Unfortunately for those of us interested in pursuing this issue, there seems
to be some difficulty finding any public archives listed that record your
committee's dialogue on this topic.  I am assuming (perhaps incorrectly)
that you communicate via a mailing list, and that such archives are
available for public review.  If you could advise the URL, it would be most
helpful and sincerely appreciated.

Fortunately, I have been able to find the preliminary report of your
committee (13 Dec 2000)
http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc04/msg00571.html which states:

"Objective of this Report

This initial effort aims at evaluating whether it is proper for ICANN
staff to set up the Whois Committee through lack of consultation
process with other relevant interest parties which has brought up
criticisms such as lack of openess and its transparent procedural flaw."

Can you perhaps provide an update?   It would be nice to know if your
initial objective has been met.   Have you reached conclusions with regard
to the ICANN staff issues?  It has been now almost four months since the
release of your report... may I ask if you have moved on to policy
considerations?  If so, might you briefly summarize those considerations?

It is my belief that many members of the General Assembly are more than
willing to assist the Committee in its efforts to deal with the Privacy
issue as it relates to WHOIS.  I for one would certainly welcome the
opportunity to participate in a working group devoted to this topic.  Can
you advise if you are willing to convene such a working group?

Thanking you for your assistance,
Danny Younger

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