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

Patrick Vande Walle patrick at vande-walle.eu
Sat Feb 16 16:06:36 UTC 2013


Other useful finding:

"33 percent (± 2.3 percent) appear to be registered by natural persons",

So much for the often expressed opinion that individuals registering
domain names names are a very small minority that has to be considered
collateral victims of the open WHOIS policy. One third is actually a
large proportion.

On the methodology, I do not understand why NORC checked DNSBL listings,
which are mostly used for fighting e-mail spam. This is even more of a
paradox because they focused on reviewing web sites and  FTP servers.
Who uses FTP servers these days ? Domain names may used solely for
e-mail, but they were not checked out. Given the small sample, I wonder
why they did not send out an e-mail to the domain registrant, asking if
they were an individual or a business. They would have avoided a large
number of unknowns in their research.

Patrick


On 16/02/13 16:32, Carlton Samuels wrote:
> 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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