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RE: [registrars] Teleconference Invitation: Whois


Thanks. Reserve a telephone port for me.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-registrars@dnso.org [mailto:owner-registrars@dnso.org]On
> Behalf Of Ross Wm. Rader
> Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 3:03 PM
> To: registrars@dnso.org
> Subject: [registrars] Teleconference Invitation: Whois
> Folks,
> Next week, there will be a community sponsored, open teleconference to
> discuss how we can work within the ICANN process to start implementing
> first steps towards a Whois that more appropriately suits the needs of
> all affected stakeholders. There has been a lot of talk on the various
> issues, public and private, but no actual sign-posts erected that would
> allow us to see this issue towards a logical and appropriate conclusion.
> This will not, of course, replace the policy development process, but
> provide inputs to it and hopefully, early relief on key issues such as
> access to data, privacy and accuracy.
> Now is the time for registrars to take a leadership position within the
> ICANN community and push for the creation and implementation of a
> coherent whois policy that takes us beyond the current rhetoric and
> conjecture and towards a resolution that we can all live with. This
> isn't something that's going to happen by itself, but it is something
> that interests working outside of the ICANN process might seize upon and
> attempt to hand the ICANN community a solution that we had no input into
> and doesn't suit our needs.
> To this end, a group of registrars, business leaders, intellectual
> property interests, generic and country registry operators, consumer
> rights and other related parties are in the process of putting together
> an open forum that will occur next week. Our goal is to start an open
> and honest dialogue between impacted parties and identify points of
> agreement that we can start building on. I must stress that this will be
> an open forum with an agenda.  It will not be a closed session, but
> progress is expected, so there will be boundaries and goals to the
> discussion. We are in the process of identifying a facilitator that can
> act as a neutral moderator of the discussion and ensure that the
> continuum of positions each have a fair and appropriate opportunity to
> be heard.
> The call will occur next Friday, May 30, 2003. The final time and dialin
> information still has not been established.
> I am sending this message to the constituency membership now to ensure
> that we can pre-book an appropriate number of teleconference ports and
> finalize the call format to ensure maximum productivity.
> If you would like to attend this open forum on Whois, please send an
> RSVP back to the list. I may not be the person counting the final yea's
> and nay's of who and who will not be in attendance, so it will just be
> easier to use this mailing list as a collection point.
> Similar invitations will go out, or have gone out, to other GNSO
> constituencies and other key bodies with the ICANN community. As this is
> an open call, please feel free to forward this notice to those whomever
> you feel would like an opportunity to make a positive contribution.
> In the meantime, start to give some consideration to what principle
> attributes of the Whois you find most important and what your core
> requirements are for Whois. Focusing on what is important to your
> organization and what functions you would like to see maintained or
> added will allow us to have a productive discussion focused on problem
> solving.
> For instance: 
> Principle: Query based access to a coordinated Whois system upon the
> presentation of valid credentials must continue to be maintained for
> legitimate users.
> Requirement: Implementations should rely on pre-existing IETF
> standards-based or IETF standards-track based technologies.
> Implementations *must not* require the development of new protocols.
> I am just finishing up a Tucows document outlining our principles,
> requirements and a proposal - it might be appropriate to use as a
> lightning rod for constituency discussion and communication leading up
> to the teleconference.
> If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line - preferably
> on-list so that I don't have to answer the same question multiple times
> ;)
> Thanks in advance,
>            -rwr
> -------------------------------
> Ross Wm. Rader
> Director, Innovation & Research
> Tucows Inc.
> tel: 416.538.5492
> fax: 416.531.1257
> email: ross@tucows.com
> pager: rwr@tucows.com 

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