[dns-operations] What is the most pressing need for DNS these days?

John S. Quarterman jsq at internetperils.com
Fri Jul 7 16:32:45 UTC 2006

Anyone interested in running for the ICANN board?

A few board members thinking differently could possibly change some things.


> Edward Lewis wrote:
> > DNAME is one proposed tool to 'solve' internationalized domain names 
> > (IDN).  Not a firm decision, but in preparation the defining document 
> > of DNAME (RFC 2672) has holes and needs to be fixed.
> > 
> > The comment that the IETF ought to stick to the important stuff first 
> > stuck with me.  So I want to ask, in an operational setting, what is 
> > the important work needed for DNS?
> > 
> > Is DNSSEC more or less important than progress on IDN, for example? 
> ISTM that lack of progress on IDN is one of the major political
> footballs commonly booted around as being a reason why ICANN is not
> demonstrating adequate stewardship of the DNS internationally, at least
> amongst non-ASCII countries (though not particularly myself).
> Lack of trust in ICANN can also be seen as one obstacle to getting the
> root signed. So possibly it would help the DNSSEC efforts to remove the
> IDN goal-block.
> OTOH, the parties preventing ICANN from signing the root may well be
> different from those for whom IDN is an issue, nor is it guaranteed that
>  solving the IDN issue will get the root signed - it is probably
> necessary but unlikely to be sufficient.
> More significantly, deploying IDN without improved underlying security
> is likely to create a whole bunch of issues.
> I guess the real question is where are the big wins here - which work
> items can be tackled early with least resource expenditure that will
> enable other priority items both technical and political ?
> Keith
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