Is WHOIS going to go away?

Matt Harris matt at
Sat Apr 14 17:19:46 UTC 2018

On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 12:14 PM, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at> wrote:
> The only people served by restriction on WHOIS availability are abusers
> and attackers, and the entities (e.g., registrars) who profit from them.

Not that whois data for domain names has been particularly useful for the
past decade anyhow since most TLDs and registrars either provide for free,
or sell as an addon, "private" registration via some "proxy corporation" or
whatever.  Domain name whois for most TLDs has not been the sort of
accountability measure that ICANN seems to think it is for a very long
time, at least in practice.

I'd be much more concerned about RIPE's whois data for AS and IP address

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