[At-Large] China is going to divide the DNS

Lutz Donnerhacke lutz at iks-jena.de
Tue Jun 19 12:57:27 UTC 2012


Each ISP - large enough to obtain a TLD from IANA for this purpose - should
be allowed to create it's own DNS hierachy.

This Chinese proposal is justified by the fact that the (U.S.) centrally
managed name space represents a risk for the stable operation of the
Internet. Following this draft different name spaces are spanned, each of
them operated autonomously. Which domain names are allowed, added, or
removed; how a domain name is resolved, is soley in the hand of the

Using the typical definition, that "the Internet is the transitive closure of
all systems communicating bidirectional via Internet Protocol, which
contains the DNS root servers", the Internet is splitted by this proposal.

There is no reason to believe the rumours, that this proposal is a direct
consequence of the ICANN desaster with new gTLDs.

On the other hand, DNSSEC root keys at the end user systems define which
root have to be used in the first place. This can be used to establish and
protect the new name spaces.

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