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Is ICANN chickening out of Whois access role?

As talks over a centralized system for Whois access enter their eleventh hour, confusion has been sown over whether ICANN still wants to play ball. The ICANN working group tasked with creating a “unified access model” for Whois data, curren...
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#DomainTools on scheduled maintenance

DomainTools, the quintessential domain research tool, has scheduled maintenance for the first week in March. During this event, various DomainTools resources, including www.domaintools.com, research.domaintools.com, and api.domaintools.com may be unava...
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ICANN enters talks to kill off Whois for good

Whois’ days are numbered. ICANN is to soon enter talks with accredited registrars and contracted gTLD registries with the aim of naming a date to finally “sunset” the aging protocol. It wants to negotiate amendments to the Registrar A...
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Crunch time, again, for Whois access policy

Talks seeking to craft a new policy for allowing access to private Whois data have hit another nodal point, with the community now pressuring the ICANN board of directors for action. The Whois working group has more or less decided that a centralized m...
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How much do you care about masked whois and has it affected your sales?

So Rob Monster started a thread about who should control a registrant’s whois? The thread also delves into how GDPR and how masked whois affects domain sales. Rob posted: Do professional domain investors accept these extra steps and tolerate the idea that their WHOIS data is masked or otherwise obscured, effectively forcing people to contact […]

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