WHOIS Access: Are We Any Closer?
Over two years ago, public access to WHOIS domain name registration data was effectively shut down in response to ICANN’s interpretation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Brand owners, law enforcement, and cyber security researchers lost an important tool for investigation of infringement and cybercrime.
ICANN’s Expedited Policy Development Process was initiated to resolve the questions surrounding WHOIS data collection and access. A final report and recommendations will issue within the next few months. Are we any closer to WHOIS access? And, if so, will it be accurate? Hear the negotiators for the Business and Intellectual Property Constituencies of ICANN discuss the progress and remaining challenges for WHOIS access.
(This webcast will be 75 minutes in length.)
Brian King (Moderator)
Brian J. King is Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs at MarkMonitor®, part of Clarivate®, where he is a vocal advocate for internet policy that protects the intellectual property rights and promotes the interests of MarkMonitor and its customers. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, Brian spent nearly a decade with other corporate domain name registrars and brand protection companies, most recently as Associate General Counsel and Global Head of Vendors, TLDs, and Compliance. He is currently serving a term on the International Trademark Association (INTA) Data Protection Committee, having previously served on INTA’s Internet Committee, and is active with ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency.
Motion Picture Association (USA)
Franck Journoud, Vice President, Technology Policy, Motion Picture Association
Franck leads MPA’s global advocacy on issues at the intersection of technology and public policy. He joined MPA in 2019 at a time of profound evolution, driven by technological change, of the business models of the motion picture industry and of the copyright infringement challenge. He advises MPA members—Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros.—and develops and implements advocacy strategies to advance the industry’s interests. He represents MPA before governments and in international fora, including as representative of the Intellectual Property Constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in the ICANN process that is developing new rules for access to internet domain name registration data (aka WHOIS).
Before MPA, Franck was Senior Director of Cybersecurity and Technology Policy at Oracle. He also served as Co-Chair of the Cyber Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), and was twice elected to the Executive Committee of the IT Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC.) Before Oracle, he served as Director of Cybersecurity Policy for the Business Software Alliance, as Manager of Government & Industry Affairs for RSA Security, and as Director of Public Policy for the European-American Business Council. He started his career as an EU affairs consultant with Hill & Knowlton in Brussels, Belgium.
Franck holds a Master in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a Master in International Relations from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He holds a Bachelor in Public and International Law from the University of Poitiers, France, and also studied Law at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall College), UK.
Margie Milam has global expertise in legal, policy and IP issues, including copyrights, anti-piracy, domain names, trademark, privacy and cybersecurity. Ms. Milam joined Facebook's IP legal department in 2017 and currently serves as Facebook's IP Enforcement and DNS Policy Lead. In 2018 to 2020, Ms. Milam represented business interests at ICANN in the high-visibility negotiations to develop a new WHOIS policy to support a safe and secure internet for businesses, consumers and end-users, while simultaneously respecting global privacy laws. In former roles, Ms. Milam served as Vice President of Strategy at ICANN, General Counsel of MarkMonitor, and Partner at the Pillsbury Winthrop law firm.
Mark Svancarek has worked at Microsoft since 1993 and has held various roles in hardware, software, online services and policy development throughout the company. He holds eight U.S. patents. He is presently a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft's Privacy and Regulatory Affairs team, where he coordinates corporate engineering efforts related to IPv6, Universal Acceptance and Internet Governance policy. He is also a representative for the Business Constituency for the ongoing ICANN EPDP effort to restore reasonable access to domain name registration contact data.
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