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U.S. Department of Commerce Seeking Public Comments for Deployment of DNSSEC

During a conference, “Internet of Things,” in France, the U.S. Department of Commerce made the announcement that it will hold a public consultation on the different proposals to cryptographically sign the DNS root zone file, and determine who will hold the root zone trust anchor for global DNSSEC implementation, says Milton Mueller on the Internet Governance Forum blog. The blog, titled “Commerce Department asks the world to comment on its plans to retain control of the root,” continues:

“The announcement was made by NTIA’s [National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce] Meredith Attwell Baker, who encouraged other governments to participate in the domestic U.S. proceeding. The announcement occurred after NTIA prevented ICANN, the supposedly independent, global, “bottom up” administrator of the DNS, to hold its own public consultation. Also, DoC says it is awaiting a proposal from ICANN regarding “automation” of certain root functions. ICANN’s Paul Twomey, who was on the same panel, declined comment on anything NTIA said; apparently the gag order still holds.”

Update 10/09/2008: The official Notice of Inquiry has now been published
Update 10/10/2008: Proposal To Sign the Root Zone Made Public

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