25 Jun '13, 3pm

What the provocative WHOIS report means for domain investors

Sweeping changes to registrant data could have major impact on domain name investors. ICANN’s working group on gTLD Directory Services released its initial report overnight. If I were to use one word to describe the report, it would be “provocative”. I just finished reading the 49 page report that describes a way to upend WHOIS as we know it and replace it with an Aggregated Registration Data Service (ARDS). Calling it something completely different than the current technical name of WHOIS was not accident. Under the possible new directory service, the whois system as we know it would be scrapped. It would be replaced by a sort of “super-thick” WHOIS managed by a service provider that collects data from both registrars and registries. Much of the registrant information stored by the ARDS would have restricted access. The good news is that the working group considered just ...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2013/06/25/what-the-provocative...

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