[CITASA] Fwd: Independent researchers sought for ICANN Whois study

Aaron Shaw adshaw at berkeley.edu
Sat Oct 31 14:46:09 EDT 2009

ICANN has issued the following RFP for a couple of research studies on WHOIS

Please follow the links below if you have questions or additional concerns -
I am merely forwarding the message to the list and don't have other


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Subject: Independent researchers sought for ICANN Whois study

ICANN is Seeking Independent Researchers to Respond to Request for Proposal
on WHOIS Misuse Studies


28 September 2009

The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is responsible for
developing and recommending to the ICANN Board substantive policies relating
to gTLDs. The GNSO Council is now exploring several extensive studies of
WHOIS and has asked ICANN to estimate the cost and feasibility of conducting
several studies proposed by members of the ICANN community and ICANN’s
Government Advisory Committee. The first area of study focuses on “misuse”
of public WHOIS information, and, pursuant to the above request, ICANN is
seeking to engage independent research organizations to undertake one or
more proposed WHOIS Misuse studies. The Misuse Studies RFP Cover
the scope of work and the criteria for selection. This document
should be read in conjunction with the Terms of Reference for WHOIS Misuse
Studies RFP<http://gnso.icann.org/issues/whois/tor-whois-misuse-studies-25sep09-en.pdf>.
Read together, these two documents provide the materials necessary to
respond to this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for WHOIS Misuse Studies.

More information about WHOIS may be found at:

By 27 November, 2009, interested applicants should submit proposals by email
to rfpwhois at icann.org to the attention of Liz Gasster, Senior Policy
Counselor, ICANN Policy Department. A confirmation email will be sent for
each proposal received.
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