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ICANN Board Starts New Initiative to Tackle gTLD Registration Data Challenges

The ICANN Board of Directors has directed the Chief Executive Officer to launch a new effort to re-examine the purpose of collecting, maintaining and providing access to generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) registration data. The move follows the recommendations of a review team that examined implementation of WHOIS data policy [pdf].

"WHOIS began more than 25 years ago, before there was even a World Wide Web and its purpose was far more technical than it is today," said Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, ICANN Board Chair. "It's clear that we have to take a thorough look at WHOIS from the ground up, and that's what we're asking the CEO to do - what should WHOIS be and how can we best improve its accuracy?"

Related topics: Domain Names, ICANN, Internet Governance, Policy & Regulation, Top-Level Domains, Whois

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