[At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review

Lutz Donnerhacke lutz at iks-jena.de
Tue Feb 1 02:48:40 UTC 2011

* Patrick Vande Walle wrote:
> Thanks for this, Lutz. I have a few questions.

I'll only ask those, I'm feeling good with. It's not good style to talk
about private conversation in public.

OTOH I'm happy to read the interesting discussion here. I'll learn from your
messages, but try to abstain from the discussion. Please do not consider it
as missing interest from my side. It's simply to concentrate myself to the
RT instead of the same discussion at an other, not that pressing place.

> About the membership of the review team: are there any data protection
> offices represented, law enforcement agencies ?

There are law enforcement people, there are laywers, but there are no
specialized data protection people. Despite this fact, there are several
good people with a strong knowledge in the diversity of national data
protection laws.

> it has long been said several times that the current WHOIS system is broken,
> not only because it does not support anything else than US-ASCII gracefully,
> but also because it does not allow any credentials-based access, etc.
> There have been several suggestions, from the IRIS standard to REST
> interfaces, like the one developed by ARIN. Is this part of the discussion ?

We have a specialist on internationalization issues in the group and already
discussed some parts of this subject. Please wait for the transcript.

> What *is* happening is one thing. What should be happening is another.

Thank you for shortening my position that clearly.

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