• WHOIS policy has been debated for many years • Many competing interests with valid viewpoints • GNSO Council hopes that study data will provide objective, factual basis for future policy making • Council identified several WHOIS study areas to test hypotheses that reflect key policy concerns • Council asked staff to determine costs and feasibility of conducting those studies • Staff used an RFP approach to do so1. WHOIS Misuse Assess whether public WHOIS significantly increases harmful acts and impact of anti-harvesting measures 1. Survey registrants, registrars, research and law enforcement orgs about past acts. 2. Measure variety of acts aimed at WHOIS published vs. unpublished test addresses
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