[At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Mon Jan 31 17:55:25 UTC 2011


I would have to  agree. 

At-Large seems to care far more about the Law Enforcement point of view than it has  cared about the Privacy point of view.

I have felt an ever increasing Law and Order posture in At-Large over the last years.  Those arguing for Privacy are definitely in the minority.


On 31 Jan 2011, at 11:53, Evan Leibovitch wrote:

> On 31 January 2011 11:37, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> Pardon?
> I hope I'm not lumped in with that description.
> Registrants are -- at least in the ICANN flowchart -- supposely represented
> by the non-contracted house of GNSO. Whether that's an appropriate or
> effective vehicle for their interests is a different debate,
> But At-Large is (always in theory and increasingly in practise) about the
> individual end user -- I still bristle at the term "consumer" because even
> that implies financial transaction. It has taken some time finding its feet
> but I don't think that the ALAC of today speaks to the vanity interests you
> speak of. Indeed, privacy advocates have (at least in my experience) found
> At-Large to be not particularly friendly to the notion that domain owners
> have the unrestricted right to hide.
> - Evan
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