The possible creation of a dispute resolution process for the names and acronyms of Intergovernmental Organizations, an issue considered and rejected in 2003. The Council (thankfully) chose not to request a Policy Development Process.
WHOIS. History: The WHOIS Task force, by supermajority, recommended that those registering domain names be permitted to designate and display an Operational Point of Contact rather than listing their own contact details. The Working Group commissioned after this report did not resolve anything.
Now, it’s time for the Council to vote. Council’s draft motions.
Motion 1: Approve OPOC as modified, 7 yes, 17 no. fails. The PDP is over. Long live the privacy-sapping WHOIS stalemate. Ross Rader, Registrar rep from Tucows, puts it best: “I do not think we have done the community any favors as a result of this discussion.”
The negotiation-forcing sunset proposal failed on a close vote: 10 yes, 13 no. It would have called for the elimination of WHOIS requirements from contracts in a year if consensus were not reached in the interim.
Instead, the Council called for — wait for it — more study. Don’t hold your breath.
It’s clearly time to go outside ICANN for help on the privacy front. I would like to see someone offer a _true_ privacy-preserving registration service — one that does not merely offer up the domain registrant’s personal information upon request. Any takers?