ICANN Whois to be reinvented

ICANN has embarked on an effort to reinvent today’s WHOIS system. Be part of the solution and join the discussion…online and at ICANN‘s Durban meeting.

As the Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services (EWG), we have proposed a paradigm shift – a new system in which gTLD registration data is collected, validated and disclosed for permissible purposes only, with some data elements being accessible only to authenticated requestors that are then held accountable for appropriate use. Our objective is to reexamine and define the purpose of collecting and maintaining gTLD directory data, consider how to safeguard the data, and propose a next generation solution that will better serve the needs of the global Internet community. Read more

There are different ways to share your perspective with ICANN on Whois :

  • Provide your input through our online questionaire
  • A webinar on Monday, 8 July at 15:00-16:30 UTC: we will walk you through our proposal and invite you to share your views and input.
  • A consultation in Durban on Monday, 15 July: we will present the outcome of our work and open the floor for any questions or feedback you may have. A recording of the session will be made available shortly after the meeting;
  • Submit comments by email: input-to-ewg@icann.org

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