[At-Large] [lac-discuss-en] GigaOM article : Louis Vuitton asks for SOPA-like seizure of hundreds of websites

Avri Doria avri at acm.org
Mon May 14 21:51:16 UTC 2012

The problem with decoupling is that it is dangerous for many non criminals (except for those guilty for free speech crimes under repressive regimes) to give true information unti there is privacy.  The issues MUST remian coupled.  


Evan Leibovitch <evan at telly.org> wrote:

>On 14 May 2012 17:18, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
>> (I do, however, believe that the whois is a privacy disaster
>> The anonymity for criminals with vanity domains argument is so 20th
>> century.
>In my own opinion, the argument about providing privacy to domain
>*must* be decoupled from the matter of WHOIS accuracy and stability.
>unwillingness to decouple these issues has been an impediment to sane
>policy, and I see this report as a step in the right direction.
>There are discussions over tactics that could be done to enhance
>protections for those who are not using it to defraud, but those
>discussions are IMO unrelated to the more common-sense matter of
>registrants providing deliberately obfuscated contact information.
>(Ultimately, I would wish to dig even deeper than this, and challenge
>widely-held-within-ICANN assumption that everyone on earth ought to own
>least one domain. This unspoken assumption drives everything from WHOIS
>policy, to attitudes on domaining and the new gTLD program, to ICANN's
>warped definition of "consumer". IMO this assumption needs to be
>confronted, and beaten down with a stick.)
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