[NA-Discuss] Call for volunteers - 'thick' Whois PDP Drafting Team

At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Tue Jul 24 02:44:20 UTC 2012

Call for Volunteers for Drafting Team to develop Charter for Œthick¹ Whois
At its meeting on 14 March 2012, the GNSO Council initiated a Policy
Development Process (PDP) on Œthick¹ Whois (see
<http://gnso.icann.org/en/resolutions#20120314-1> ). Following a short
delay, the GNSO Council decided at its last meeting that a group of
volunteers should now be convened to draft the charter for the PDP Working
Group, which is to be approved by the GNSO Council.
Task of the Drafting Team
The Drafting Team will be tasked with developing a charter for the PDP
Working Group on Œthick¹ Whois¹. The elements of the Charter should include,
at a minimum, the following elements as specified in the GNSO Working Group
<http://gnso.icann.org/council/summary-gnso-wg-guidelines-06apr11-en.pdf> :
Working Group identification; Mission, Purpose and Deliverables; Formation,
Staffing and Organization, and; Rules of Engagement. The proposed charter
will be submitted to the GNSO Council for its consideration.
If you are interested to participate, please send an email to the GNSO
Secretariat (gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org
<mailto:gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org> ). You will be required to complete
a Statement of Interest in order to participate.
Background Information on the Issue
For the generic top-level domain (gTLD) registries, ICANN specifies Whois
service requirements through the registry agreements (ICANN 2009 Registry
Agreements) and the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). Registries
satisfy their Whois obligations using different services. The two common
models are often characterized as ³thin² and ³thick² Whois registries. This
distinction is based on how two distinct sets of data are managed. One set
of data is associated with the domain name, and a second set of data is
associated with the registrant of the domain name. A thin registry only
stores and manages the information associated with the domain name. This set
includes data sufficient to identify the sponsoring registrar, status of the
registration, creation and expiration dates for each registration, name
server data, the last time the record was updated in its Whois data store,
and the URL for the registrar¹s Whois service. With thin registries,
Registrars manage the second set of data associated with the registrant of
the domain and provide it via their own Whois services, as required by
Section 3.3 of the RAA 3.3 for those domains they sponsor. COM and NET are
examples of thin registries. Thick registries maintain and provide both sets
of data (domain name and registrant) via Whois. INFO and BIZ are examples of
thick registries.
The GNSO Council requested an Issue Report on Œthick¹ Whois at its meeting
on 22 September 2011 noting that the Issue Report should Œnot only consider
a possible requirement of 'thick' WHOIS for all incumbent gTLDs in the
context of IRTP, but should also consider any other positive and/or negative
effects that are likely to occur outside of IRTP that would need to be taken
into account when deciding whether a requirement of 'thick' WHOIS for all
incumbent gTLDs would be desirable or not¹.
The Final Issue Report was submitted by ICANN Staff on 2 February 2012 (see
) and in this report a number of issues are outlined that will need further
consideration should a PDP proceed. The staff recommendation notes that
staff has confirmed that the proposed issues are within the scope of the
ICANN policy process and the GNSO and notes that it is reasonable from the
staff¹s perspective to expect that further investigation of Œthick¹ Whois
for all gTLDs would be beneficial to the community generally, as it would
allow for an informed decision by the GNSO Council as to whether Œthick¹
Whois for all gTLDs should be required or not.
Recommended Reading for Volunteers
* Final Issue Report on ŒThick¹ Whois
* GNSO Working Group Guidelines, including charter guidelines
<http://gnso.icann.org/council/annex-1-gnso-wg-guidelines-08apr11-en.pdf> )


Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Matt Ashtiani, Gisella Gruber, and Nathalie
ICANN Policy Staff in support of ALAC
E-mail: staff at atlarge.icann.org



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