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WHOIS Misuse Study | Draft Report for Public Comment

Does public access to WHOIS-published data lead to a measurable degree of misuse? This study, sponsored by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and initiated by ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO, 2010), attempts to answer this question, with a focus on the five most populous generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).