Centre for Internet & Society

Sunil Abraham and Vidushi Marda participated remotely in a round-table discussion organized by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Govt. of India on July 28, 2015. Aditya Garg, an intern at the Centre for Internet & Society also participated (in person) from New Delhi and made an intervention.

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DeitY chaired the round-table to seek expert input from all stakeholders at the national level, on various issues related to WHOIS (domain name) which are currently being discussed at the  Public Safety Working Group (PSWG), an internal working group of Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN.

The PSWG will be focusing on ICANN’s policies and procedures that raise questions or have implications for the safety of the public, in connection with their use of the Internet. Current major areas of interest for PSWG are:

  1. WHOIS
  2. Enforcing Contractual Compliance with Registries and Registrars
  3. Implementation of new gTLDs
  4. Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)

WHOIS is a long-term strategic priority for ICANN. ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has issued 12 reports/advisories with reference to WHOIS.

The roundtable will served as a platform to discuss WHOIS policy / implementation issues for .IN <http://for .IN> registry.

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