Editorial: ICANN’s WHOIS Policy Shift Would Be Criminal Negligence

ComputerWorld’s editorial is critical of changes to Whois they believe are likely to happen and begins, “There’s a move afoot to help criminals obscure their illegal online activities.” How? ComputerWorld claims it’s because “ICANN is considering making it possible for anyone to avoid putting Web site ownership and contact information into the Internet’s WHOIS database.” ComputerWorld blames this on “an unholy alliance of privacy ideologues, primarily in the European Union, and greedy ISPs.” ComputerWorld says Whois is “one small tool available to identify the ISP serving a bogus Web site and force it to shut the site down” and is one tool in helping to track down phishers or typosquatters.

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