[WHOIS-WG] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Whois Registrant Identification Study, Draft Report

Michele Neylon :: Blacknight michele at blacknight.com
Sat Feb 16 15:58:12 UTC 2013


I still haven't had a chance to read the report in full, but I know from previous exchanges with ICANN's consultants in this area that they had issues identifying domain usage.

For example, they cannot easily see if a domain is being used for email. So while the domain list.ie may appear to be simply parked a lot of ICANN community members know that it is being used for email .. similarily log.ie appears to be parked, but http://b.log.ie is fully functional..

(And yes I know both examples are ccTLDs, but the same could be true of domains under any extension)



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Subject: [WHOIS-WG] Fwd: ICANN News Alert -- Whois Registrant Identification Study, Draft Report

Grist for the mill, from Appendix A: Exploratory Analysis Report document:

 "For each of the 1,600 domain names, we tried to determine if the domain user could be considered a legal person or a natural person. Table 2 shows that for most domain names, we could not make such a determination because almost half the domains were parked domains or had no online content at all. Only 11.5 percent of the domains had content, but had an unknown apparent domain user type."


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News Alert


Whois Registrant Identification Study, Draft Report

15 February 2013

Forum Announcement:     Comment Period Opens on Date:   15 February 2013
Categories/Tags:        Policy Processes
Purpose (Brief):        This study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, uses Whois to classify entities that register gTLD domain names, including natural persons, legal persons, and Privacy/Proxy service providers. Using associated Internet content, the study classifies entities using those domains, and observed potentially commercial activities. Findings will help the community understand how Registrants identify themselves in Whois.
Public Comment Box Link:        http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/whois-regid-15feb13-en.htm

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