Forwarded from: Bob <bobat_private> Comments from "CaveBear", Karl Auerbach, who took legal action against ICANN and won, and who has now been elected a member of ICANN's Board. Bob http://www.globaldisaster.org -=- Protecting the Internet's Domain Name System ICANN is now taking a look at the actual stability of the net - this is both refreshing and proper. And it's about time. Let us take a moment and ask ourselves: Why, on an Internet that was originally designed to survive a nuclear holocaust, is this DNS thing seemingly so vulnerable? The reason is pretty obvious: Nearly every other part of the Internet is based on the concept that the individual parts should be able to operate independently. But of all the parts of the Internet, the Domain Name System has a clear heart, a singular point from which all other parts radiate. On most of the net, if one damages a part, the rest of the net will remain and will function. With DNS as it is presently deployed, if one damages the heart, then the rest of DNS becomes uprooted and lost. (This note will come back to this singular vulnerability of DNS and ask the question "why", but that will be a bit later. In case you need instant gratification - here's a preview: DNS could be more fully distributed and its singular point of vulnerability eliminated. The deeper question will thus be: Are we intentionally refusing to consider, much less adopt, a solution that could give to DNS the same near invulnerability that adheres to the rest of the Internet? Are we captives of our own dogma and blinding ourselves to solutions?) Full story at http://www.cavebear.com/rw/steps-to-protect-dns.htm - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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