Is WHOIS going to go away?

Mark Andrews marka at
Fri Apr 20 22:38:22 UTC 2018

Whois contact details need to work so you can contact the zone owner when the DNS is broken for the zone. 

Publishing Whois data in the zone does not work for this purpose.

This is not to discount other reasons for having a independent communications channel. 

Mark Andrews

> On 21 Apr 2018, at 08:17, Brian Kantor <Brian at> wrote:
> Steve,
> I believe you are mistaken as to current law in the USA:
> The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the right to anonymous
> free speech is protected by the First Amendment. A frequently cited
> 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission
> reads: Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority...
> Google for that phrase "anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of
> the majority" to see more references.
> I'll drop the discussion here, as it's likely to only continue down
> the rathole and I've said my piece.
>    - Brian

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