|Comment/Reply Periods (*)
|Important Information Links
|18 February 2012
|18 March 2012
|Close Time (UTC):
|Public Comment Announcement
|19 March 2012
|To Submit Your Comments (Forum Closed)
|8 April 2012
|View Comments Submitted
|Close Time (UTC):
|Report of Public Comments
|To receive community feedback on the proposed draft roadmap to implement SAC 051.
|As requested by the ICANN Board, ICANN would like to propose the following roadmap for the coordination of the technical and policy discussions necessary to implement the recommendations outlined in SAC 051.
As requested by the Board resolution, ICANN will post this draft Roadmap for community consultation, requesting community input on the scope, timing, utility, challenges, and ways to overcome those challenges that should also be considered.
Staff will be conducting a public workshop on the draft roadmap in Costa Rica as a further means of consulting with the community. In order to allow extensive time for community dialogue and comment, it is envisioned to have two public comment periods allowing the draft Roadmap to evolve with the input received. Following that, the report will be finalized for Board and community action by the Prague meeting in June 2012.
|Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose
|As requested by the ICANN Board, ICANN would like to propose the following roadmap for the coordination of the technical and policy discussions necessary to implement the recommendations outlined in SAC 051. This roadmap, including the preliminary recommendations, is published for community input and feedback. Following review of the comments received as part of the public comment forum as well as community consultation in Costa Rica, this roadmap will be updated accordingly and submitted to the ICANN Board for its consideration.
|Section II: Background
Created in the 1980s, Whois began as a service used by Internet operators to identify individuals or entities responsible for the operation of a network resource on the Internet. The Whois service has since evolved into a tool used for many purposes. However, as usage of Whois service evolved, few changes have been made to the protocol that supports the service. As a result, there is growing concern that the protocol would not meet the need of the community.
Beginning in 2002, ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) published various advisories describing deficiencies related to the WHOIS protocol, service and data schema, most recently SAC 051: SSAC Report on Domain Name WHOIS Terminology and Structure. SAC 051 summarizes the previous advisories, and among other things, recommends that the ICANN community evaluate and adopt a replacement protocol.
Recognizing its concerns with the WHOIS protocol deficiencies, on 28 October 2011, the ICANN Board approved a resolution directing staff to produce, in consultation with the community, a roadmap for the coordination of the technical and policy discussions necessary to implement the recommendations outlined in SAC 051.
|Section III: Document and Resource Links
|February 18 Draft Roadmap SAC 051 [PDF, 214 KB]
|Section IV: Additional Information
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