September 07, 2017
ICANN is remotely involved in updating the Whois protocol.
A pilot program destined for registry operators and registrars was recently launched to replace the aging Whois service by the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP).
According to ICANN, the goal of this pilot program is to develop a baseline profile to guide implementation, establish an implementation target date, and develop a plan for the implementation of a production RDAP service.
The RDAP protocol fulfills the same functions as the Whois, while being based on more recent technology. This will allow for better data parsing and for easier comparison of records between TLDs and registrars.
Nevertheless, the RDAP is said to allow differentiated access control which will grant current Whois users with access to different quantities of data, depending on the future policies put in place by the ICANN community.
The pilot will run until 31 July 2018. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated!