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CNNIC Selected to Implement an Open-Source RESTful WHOIS Server

26 October 2012
By Kurt Pritz

We are pleased to report that ICANN has engaged China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) to produce an open-source RESTful WHOIS Server Implementation.

This project is being launched to facilitate the eventual adoption of the recent IETF standard work to develop a Web-based Extensible Internet Registration Data Protocol that will support internationalized registration data and address deficiencies in the original WHOIS protocol.

We have received a great deal of interest from the community regarding this RFP. In total 10 proposals were submitted. An internal evaluation panel, using the requirements outlined in the RFP [PDF, 183 KB], evaluated all the responses. All responses were technically competent and CNNIC (operator of .CN) received the panel’s highest recommendation.

CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center), founded as a non-profit organization, is the entity responsible for the operation and administration “.CN” country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD). CNNIC has expertise on providing critical registry functions including DNS, DNSSEC test, WHOIS, and SRS/EPP and is dedicated to serving regional and global Internet community.

Whois services, and their effectiveness in the case of Internationalized registration data, are important issues for ICANN. ICANN has been working to make advances in this area, appreciating the technical community’s past and present contributions, and committed to collaborating with the technical and policy community to improve the Whois service.

Kurt Pritz


Kurt Pritz