[At-Large] whois, weirds, and slaves

Holly Raiche h.raiche at internode.on.net
Sun Jan 20 19:55:02 UTC 2013

Hi McTim - 

Yes, it is a protocol - of sourts.  But please read SSAC 051 as to its shortcomings (including it needs ASCII text - a problem with IDNs on the horizon) .  We do need something better - something that is consistently used, something that can accommodate new gTLDs and IDNs.


On 21/01/2013, at 12:32 AM, McTim wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM, Holly Raiche
> <h.raiche at internode.on.net> wrote:
>> Hi John
>> We are not going to worry about US history now.  What I am particularly concerned about is differentiated access and privacy. And all I can say is pity about WEIRDS.  I attended the WEIRDS briefing in Tornoto and have reread the slides as they were presented..  What was said then was about differentiated access amongst other things - including, and perhaps primarily, having a standard protocol for WHOIS - that doesn't exist now.
> Isn't WHOIS a "standard protocol" itself?
> -- 
> Cheers,
> McTim
> "A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A
> route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel
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