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Is WHOIS going to go away?

In article <23257.12824.250276.763926 at gargle.gargle.HOWL> you write:
>So you think restricting WHOIS access will protect dissidents from
>abusive governments?
>Of all the rationalizations that one seems particularly weak.

Oh, you're missing the point.  This is a meme that's been floating
around in academia for a decade: the brave dissident who somehow has
managed to find web hosting, e-mail, broadband, and mobile phone
service but for whom nothing stands between her and certain death but
the proxy whois on her vanity domain.

If someone makes this argument you can be 100% sure he's parroting
something he heard somewhere and has no idea how the Internet actually