[At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review
lutz at iks-jena.de
Tue Feb 1 13:25:58 UTC 2011
* Derek Smythe wrote:
> In fact this should be old news for Lutz
I do understand the usefulness of whois. I do use it myself.
I even wrote a paragraph about this use case (in the light of LA):
: Whois information is unusable for law enforcement. Current Whois services
: are often used to solve low level internet crime. Ten doller fraud does
: not legitimate preidentification of all users of before accessing internet
: services. Introducing a system like Whois today to fight low level crime
: would be unconstitutional.
And I do not want to remove whois alltogether:
: If the review reveals use cases which are legitimate and worth to
: perserve, Whois services must be restructured as "thin whois": A
: hierarchical distributed database publishing only links to down reseller
: chain. To query information from leafs, where data is originated, correct
: and complete, the final response is covered by the protection of national
In the light of the RAA (every registrar has to provide whois services
itself), the thin whois approach seems not that unlikely.
OTOH, there might an other outcome
: If the review reveals no legitimate use cases or a majroity of misuse,
: Whois services need to be shut down.
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