[dns-operations] K-root governance was Re: renesys blog...

Edward Lewis Ed.Lewis at neustar.biz
Tue May 27 13:29:57 UTC 2008

It sounds like for K root, at least, what DRC is asking for is 
available.  My interpretation of DRC's words is not "all root servers 
under ICANN" but "all root servers accountable to some public forum." 
Maybe that's not his words or his intent, maybe it is mine and what I 
want to hear DRC asking for.

That being mumbled, K root has a public forum overseeing it's 
operation.  I would ask for one favor though.  The URLs and 
associated information below are mostly not obvious when I try to 
find out this information.

I mean, if I were someone trying to come to grips with all this, I 
might stumble across the www.root-servers.org "unofficial" site. 
Yes, there "k.root-servers.org" is a link and I get news and 
information about K root.  But there's no little tutorial to finding 
out the remainder of the information below.

(Point is - email isn't the best way to archive this.)

At 9:49 +0200 5/26/08, Daniel Karrenberg wrote:

>RIPE NCC Articles of Association
>	http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/articles-association.html
>RIPE (Open Forum)
>	http://www.ripe.net/ripe/about.html
>Relevant RIPE WG charters
>	http://www.ripe.net/ripe/wg/ncc-services/index.html
>	http://www.ripe.net/ripe/wg/dns/index.html
>K Operations
>	http://k.root-servers.org/
>RIPE NCC Activity Plan 2008
>	http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/ripe-426.html

K root isn't the only root server with such public reporting, but 
there are root servers that apparently don't have this level of 
information.  I admit I should do a bit of a study before levying 
such an accusation, but such a wild goose chase is less important to 
me today than my planned outing to joust with the windmill in the 

Still, I think that it would a good step if the root server operators 
held some kind of a public (RIR-like) information and comment 
session, perhaps on the Sunday before an IETF (a day in which there 
is already a RSSAC meeting), and maybe just once per year.  (I'm 
tossing this up as an idea, not a request.  Yeah, I know, how many 
meetings do we want to have?)

Edward Lewis                                                +1-571-434-5468

Never confuse activity with progress.  Activity pays more.

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