Sunday, January 30, 2005

On Privacy

A two-day conference featuring such notable speakers as A. Michael Froomkin, Declan McCullagh and Marc Rotenberg entitled "The Concealed I: Anonymity, Identity, and the Prospect of Pr­ivacy" will be held at the University of Ottawa, Canada, on March 4-5, 2005.
It is not yet known whether any members of ICANN's President's Standing Committee on Privacy will be in attendance.

Actually, we still don't know much about this committee even though ICANN continues to pride itself on transparency. So, what do we know?
  1. We know that Paul Twomey reported to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that "Whois-related discussions will be a continued focus of ICANN’s Whois Steering Group and the ICANN President’s Standing Committee on Privacy."
  2. We know that the position description for the VP of Supporting Organizations & Committee Support states that he will "Assist in the planning and implementation of the President’s Standing Committee on Privacy".
  3. We know that the Memorandum From ICANN CEO Paul Twomey Concerning Whois stated that "a “President’s Committee on WHOIS” will be established to support coordination and collaboration in further fact-finding and analysis, and Supporting Organization development of draft policy and practice recommendations. The Committee will be broadly representative of ICANN constituencies interested in WHOIS issues, and comprised of knowledgeable individuals who are committed to understanding a broad range of views and working together to help prioritize WHOIS issues and move the community forward."
  4. We know this Standing Committee has thus far done nothing to contribute to WHOIS discussions. Perhaps it's time for Paul Twomey and Paul Verhoef to provide the community with an update.


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