[At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 14:56:57 UTC 2011

I generally support the tone of your response but take exception o the
coloration you place on ALAC's posture on WHOIS.

I cannot accept that there cannot be a balance between the right to privacy
and the right to know for those harmed by an act traceable to a domain.

I certainly do not consider myself as a front for domain registrants and I
strongly doubt others of the group would as well.

I consider the requirement for WHOIS data for all registrants ordinary and

I consider the falsification of WHOIS data in a similar light to the
falsification of any public record; incivil, at least.

I consider the lax enforcement of recorded WHOIS data - especially the
quality of it - by ICANN contrary to their own mediocre requirements and,
for the most part, vacillatory.

Carlton Samuels
Chair, WHOIS WG At-Large

Carlton A Samuels
Mobile: 876-818-1799
Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:

> > 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.
> Regards,
> John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for
> Dummies",
> Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. http://jl.ly
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