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Pilot Study for the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System: Preliminary Findings

On 8 November 2012, in response to the Recommendations of the WHOIS Review Team convened under the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), the ICANN Board approved a series of improvements on the manner in which ICANN carries out its responsibilities regarding WHOIS. As part of these improvements, ICANN committed to proactively identifying potentially inaccurate gTLD WHOIS contact data and forwarding potentially inaccurate records to gTLD registrars for investigation and follow-up. To accomplish these tasks ICANN initiated the development of the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) – a framework for conducting repeatable assessments of WHOIS accuracy over time and publicly reporting the findings.

The Pilot Study is a precursor to the ARS, designed with the intention of isolating and testing key components of the system. Results from the Pilot Study will be used to inform the design of the ARS.

This Paper describes the preliminary findings from the Pilot Study. It is published to illustrate the application of the proposed methodology and approach using actual samples of WHOIS data. These preliminary findings will be explored at the Los Angeles ICANN meeting at the All Things WHOIS Session on 13 October 2014. A full study report