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[nc-whois] [urgent] report update

[I'm copying this message to Alexander Svensson.  Alexander, could 
you please try to make sure that this message and the latest draft 
make it to as many members of the task force as possible before the 
NC session?  Thanks.]

I just had a telephone discussion with Miriam Sapiro, in which we 
went through the current state of the draft.  The resulting changes 
can be found in the redlined version of the text which is available 
at <http://does-not-exist.org/whois/>.

I'll walk you through the individual changes in this message. Page 
numbers refer to the redlined PDF version.  Also, I'll limit myself 
to the more substantial changes.  Minor corrections are left out.

 - On page 4, Miriam was afraid that the task force may overstep its 
   mission by stating that it would "guide the development of policy 
   considerations".  Half of the sentence was removed.

 - On page 5, the "finding" language was adopted, and "opt-in or 
   more restrictive" was spelled out.  Also, Miriam argued that the 
   sentence that the Task Force's findings support the preliminary 
   findings was redundant.  Since I didn't come up with a better 
   wording, I agreed to remove that sentence, but added a cautionary 
   notice on behalf of myself.
 - On page 7, "uniform" was replaced by "systematic".
 - On page 8, the repetition of the number of governmental 
   participants was removed, since this is elaborated on in more 
   detail in the Statistical Considerations section.
 - On page 9, a note was added stating that "17% of those who 
   answered the questionnaire did not register any domain names".
 - On page 10, registrar/registry users were added, and it was 
   mentioned that a considerable fraction of respondents does not 
   heavily use WHOIS.
 - On page 12, the numbers on governments and registrars/registries 
   were adjusted based on numbers provided by Miriam, and fetched 
   from the United Nations home page.  Also, a short note on the 
   statistical implications was included.
 - On page 14, chapter II was renamed: Instead of "Requirements", 
   it's now "Expectations".  (Miriam didn't like "requirements", and 
   I didn't want to call the chapter just "User Experience", which 
   would have been wrong.)

 - On page 21, a joint caveat was included, since there is really a 
   whole lot still to be done. (This is question 5, for which we 
   currently have unsufficient data.)
 - On page 22, another such caveat was added, concerning question 6, 
   where privacy and technical aspects may be considered 
   underrepresented in the text.

 - On page 24, there is a change from "each" to "this" which deserves 
   explanation: In the original text from Laurence, she states that 
   "Individual and ISP respondents were most likely to report very 
   low estimates (68% in each category chose "under 5%")".  This 
   seems to be a simple editorial error on Laurence's side: With ISP 
   respondents, it's 58%.  However, the 68% and 58% figures are 
   printed in a small font, and directly above each other.  For this 
   reason, I had quietly dropped the ISP respondents when merging the 
   documents.  I should have pointed this out earlier.

 - On page 27, there's another joint caveat: When staring at the 
   numbers, one will notice that individual respondents are strongly 
   deviating from other categories when it comes to information such 
   as date of registration, or, most interesting, registrant 

 - On page 30, the order of mention of names was changed to put Karen 
   Elizaga first since (according to Miriam) she did most of the work 
   on this chapter.

 - On page 42, a parenthesis is added which explains what's meant by 
   "opt-in or stricter protection".

 - On page 45, the same parenthesis is removed.

 - On page 45, there's a caveat from the gTLDs that they would like 
   to see it reflected that more than 1/3 of respondents in several 
   categories would welcome advertising material from their choosen 
   service provider.

If there are any questions or urgent comments, please feel free to 
contact me via e-mail or phone.

To those in Ghana: Alexander has my phone number and can give it to 
you if you want to call me.

Thomas Roessler                        <roessler@does-not-exist.org>
nc-whois document repository:     <http://does-not-exist.org/whois/>

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