[ALAC] Fwd: [council] "Liaison Statement from the IAB to the ICANN Board on Technical Use of Domain Names"

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Tue Sep 16 00:42:40 UTC 2014

Interesting on several different levels. Alan

>From: Bruce Tonkin <Bruce.Tonkin at melbourneit.com.au>
>To: "council at gnso.icann.org" <council at gnso.icann.org>
>Subject: [council] "Liaison Statement from the IAB to the ICANN 
>Board on Technical Use
>  of Domain Names"
>Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:56:40 +0000
>From:  http://datatracker.ietf.org/liaison/1351/
>Liaison Statement: Liaison Statement from the IAB to the ICANN Board 
>on Technical Use of Domain Names
>Submission Date: 2014-09-15
>From: The IAB (Russ Housley)
>We are writing this note in order to share with you some work in the 
>IETF regarding domain names for "technical use," as described in RFC 2860.
>In RFC 2860 ("Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Technical 
>Work of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority," June 2000), the 
>IAB acknowledged the authority of ICANN for policies relating to the 
>assignment of domain names, but retained authority over "assignments 
>of domain names for technical use" (Section 4.3, pg 2):
>"4.3. Two particular assigned spaces present policy issues in 
>addition  to the technical considerations specified by the IETF:
>  the assignment  of domain names, and
>the assignment of IP address blocks.
>These  policy issues are outside the scope of this MOU.
>Note that
>(a) assignments of domain names for technical uses (such as  domain 
>names for inverse DNS lookup),
>(b) assignments of specialised address blocks (such as multicast or 
>anycast blocks), and
>(c)  experimental assignments
>are not considered to be policy issues, and shall remain subject to 
>the provisions of this Section 4."
>In order to support appropriate technical use of domain names in the 
>context of its protocol development work, the IETF approved RFC 6761 
>("Special-Use Domain Names," February 2013).  As directed, IANA 
>established and populated a registry for such special-use names 
>Recently, several requests have come to the IETF for names to be 
>added to the special-use domain names registry
>Discussion of these requests under the process established in RFC 
>6761 has revealed difficulties in applying its guidelines in practice.
>Under its current charter, the DNSOP working group in the IETF is 
>responsible to review and clarify the overlap between (among other
>things) the special names registry from RFC 6761 and the public DNS 
>root.  This could include consideration of the problem of existing 
>name collisions, provision of additional guidelines, or further 
>modification to the process in RFC 6761 to reduce the potential for 
>collisions in the future.  Any changes are to be kept within the 
>constraints of RFC 2860 (or any future modification to RFC 2860).
>All such discussion and any modification will be open and 
>transparent to participation by interested parties, in accordance 
>with established IETF processes.  We invite participation of 
>interested parties, including members of the ICANN community, in this work.
>On behalf of the IAB,
>Russ Housley
>IAB Chair

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