[At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review

Beau Brendler beaubrendler at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 31 17:26:55 UTC 2011


-----Original Message-----
>From: "John R. Levine" <johnl at iecc.com>
>Sent: Jan 31, 2011 11:37 AM
>To: At-Large Worldwide <at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
>Subject: Re: [At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review
>> That's bullshit. Whois makes it easy. But it's not necessary.
>It's unlikely to reflect well on the ALAC or yourself to reject Neil's 
>expertise simply because it contradicts your personal preferences.
>I talk to many of the same law enforcement people that Neil does, and I 
>hear the same thing: even in its current imperfect form WHOIS is an 
>invaluable tool for tracking down the criminals who prey on the 
>non-technical users that the ALAC purportedly represents.  You may not 
>like it, but it's the truth.
>Arguments about what's "necessary" are silly.  The DNS isn't "necessary". 
>Telephones aren't "necessary".  E-mail isn't "necessary".  We could just 
>grab big sticks and run off and hunt the bad guys.
>I really wish that the ALAC would get over the 1990s idea that somehow it 
>represents the tiny handful of individual vanity domain registrants (such 
>as me) in preference to the vast majority of users who have never 
>registered a domain and never will.
>John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
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