Domain Name System Security Extensions

Verisign warns of "missing elements" in new gTLD plans

DNS security and stability report big on bark, light on bite

Operator of the dot-com registry and the Internet's primary address book, Verisign, has warned that a plan to add hundreds of new Internet extensions over the next year may destabilize the domain name system if key issues are not addressed.

In a report from the company's technical labs to the organization running the "new gTLD" program, ICANN, the Internet infrastructure company warns that there could be "significant consequences" if the program does not address technical issues before the program launches that could "perhaps even destabilize global operations of the DNS".

Expert view: Alexa Raad

With the release of applications for the new gTLD process, we asked a number of industry experts for their views of what the information shows.


Alexa Raad

CEO, Architelos

What is your overall feeling about the applications?
Overall, a lot more brands than many of the pundits would have led one to believe,especially, the ANA. I suspect some did apply for a closed Brand gTLD, but may soon find out that applying for a TLD and protecting second level domains names are not one and the same thing. That sadly is due to the lack of awareness and education as well as the steadfast refusal of organizations such as the ANA to adequately and fairly educate their stakeholders.

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Generic
Initial Evaluation
Priority number: 
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Applicant
Artemis Internet Inc.
123 Mission Street #1020
San Francisco
California
94105
United States
Phone: 
+1 4153789580
Fax: 
+1 415 974 6339
Registry services
ARI Registry Services

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Uniregistry, Corp.
3-110 Governors Square 1361 GT
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Grand Cayman
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Cayman Islands
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+13457496263
Fax: 
+13457466263
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ICANN creates two-tier Internet with dot-com contract

Domain name system overseer ICANN will create a two-tier Internet later this year with thousands of new Internet extensions required to follow different contractual obligations than the existing 21 "generic top-level domains" or gTLDs.

Under the terms of a new contract for the Internet's largest registry - dot-com - published this week for public comment, current owner Verisign will not be obliged to follow many of the new provisions created for new gTLDs.

As operator of the dot-com registry, for example, it will not have to abide by the new trademark protections included in the new gTLD process: the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS), Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Process (PDDRP), and Trademark Clearinghouse (TC).

It will also not be contractually affected by the radical market shift that ICANN has decided upon where suppliers of domain names (registrars) and operators of Internet extensions (registries) will no longer have to be entire separate entities.

Since the dot-com contract acts as the forerunner of any changes to the other existing registry contracts, it is extremely unlikely that the contractual changes developed over six years for new gTLDs will be applied to any existing extensions.

Beckstrom opening ceremony speech ICANN Costa Rica

This is the text of the opening ceremony speech given by ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom at Costa Rica on 12 March 2012. It was notable for its closing where Beckstrom railed against conflicts of interest at the ICANN Board level and within the Nominating Committee.

The speech was met with some criticism. The .Nxt perspective is that Beckstrom had a fair point to make, but made it badly and in the wrong environment.


President's Report

President and Chief Executive Officer Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

43rd ICANN International Meeting
San José, Costa Rica
12 March 2012

Introduction

We often say the Internet community is an ecosystem, and that is an effective way to convey its complexity and interdependence. So it is fitting that this week, the Internet community is gathering here in beautiful Costa Rica, where examples of stunning natural and complex ecosystems exist in abundance and harmony.

So you want to run IANA? An applicant's guide

So, you want to be in charge of the most crucial contract on the Internet? Have the entire domain name system at your fingertips? Well, now's your chance.

ICANN has been awarded the contract for the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) since February 2000. However, thanks to the organization's cultural flaws and limitless levels of self-importance, the US government has decided it would prefer to put the IANA functions out for open tender this time around.

On 10 November, the US Department of Commerce (DoC) through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contract that will run seven years.

The initial base period, 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015, is followed by three year-long optional extension periods. The closing date for receipt of proposals is 4PM Eastern Standard Time, 19 December 2011.

The assumption is that ICANN will again be awarded the contract, except with greatly changed terms that force it to improve its current operations. But, looking closely, provisions have clearly been made for new entrants. And the NTIA certainly appears open to third parties if they have what it takes. Do you? Let's find out.

Funding and personnel

You would be permitted to charge an "interim fee" for the first year of the contract to cover "start up costs".

Deliverables on IANA contract

The table below covers the "deliverables" due on the renewed IANA contract, posted November 2011. View the full contract.


F.3 DELIVERABLES

Clause No. Clause Deliverable Due Date
C2.6 Transparency and Accountability User instructional documentation including technical requirements Six months after award
C2.7 Responsibility and Respect for Stakeholders Documenting the source of the policies and procedures. Six months after award
C2.8 Performance Standards Performance Standards Six months after award
C2.9.2e Root Zone Automation Automated Root Zone Nine months after award
C2.9.2g Customer Service Complaint Resolution Process (CSCRP) Customer Compliant Process Six months after award
C3.4 Security Plan
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