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ICANN 49 Wrap Up

Many Internet Society Members and Chapters are engaged in the ICANN community so the ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore this week was a wonderful opportunity to meet many of them in person. The ISOC@ICANN event, which also included remote participants, brought us together to discuss the Internet and its future. In-person participants included Chapter leaders from the region and around the world, several members of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, as well as Jari Arkko, chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

The ICANN 49 meeting followed just more than a week after the U.S. Government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) publicly asked ICANN to convene global stakeholders to develop a plan for transitioning the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of shared Internet resources through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). At the meeting, ICANN officially kicked off discussions on “a plan for a plan”—that is, how to organize a process for the multistakeholder community to develop a plan for the evolution of IANA. ICANN also presented an initial timeline for next steps.

Importantly, the NTIA announcement stated that any proposed plan must “support and enhance the multistakeholder model”. Advancing the multistakeholder model is a key priority for the Internet Society. As we look ahead to forging consensus on a true multistakeholder approach to the administration of the technical functions of the Internet, we must also ensure the inclusive, bottom-up multistakeholder model continues to thrive more broadly across the Internet ecosystem.

This is a pivotal moment in the history of the Internet. Discussion, dialogue, and debate are necessary to get a better grasp of the opportunities and challenges we face in the evolution of IANA. To this end, we have established a discussion list (ianaxfer@elists.isoc.org) and invite you to subscribe. We plan to provide updates on the process convened by ICANN, and other developments around the IANA evolution.

I look forward to continuing our dialogue over the next few months.

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Watch/Listen LIVE To The ICANN 49 DNSSEC Workshop On Wednesday, March 26

ICANN 49 SingaporeWant to learn about DNSSEC from people who have actually deployed DNSSEC in their region? Want to learn about DANE and how it can be used in applications? How can DNSSEC make the Internet more secure? As I mentioned last week, these are some of the topics that will be discussed in the ICANN 49 DNSSEC Workshop that will be streaming live out of Singapore on Wednesday, March 26, from 8:30am – 2:45pm Singapore time. The session will be recorded for those unable to watch live.

[WARNING: Singapore local time is UTC+8, so it is 7 hours ahead of Central European time, 12 hours ahead of US Eastern time and 15 hours ahead of US Pacific time.  So if you are on the US East Coast, for example, this workshop will start at 8:30pm TONIGHT (Tuesday, March 25).]

Topics to be discussed include:

  • DNSSEC Deployment Metrics
  • DNSSEC Activities in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Case study of the deployment of DNSSEC at .ee (Estonia)
  • Guidance for Registrars in Supporting DNSSEC – and DNSSEC requirements in the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA)
  • Preparing for DNSSEC Root Key Rollover
  • DNSSEC Applications
  • Demonstration of DANE applications and tools

A full agenda and all of the available slides can be found on the ICANN 49 DNSSEC Workshop program page. You can watch or listen to the event via:

The session should provide excellent information for people interested in DNSSEC and how we can make the Internet more secure.  Please do join in!

And if you are interested in deploying DNSSEC, please check out our DNSSEC resource pages to learn more.

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Watch/Listen Live TODAY To The “DNSSEC For Everybody: A Beginner's Guide”

ICANN 49 SingaporeIn just about 1.5 hours from now here at ICANN 49 in Singapore we’ll be part of the “DNSSEC For Everybody: A Beginner’s Guide” session.  Running from 17:00 – 18:30 Singapore time, the session will start at the very basic level of why should anyone care about DNSSEC and get into what kind of problem we are trying to solve.  This session includes a skit where we visually act out DNS and DNSSEC transactions.

You can listen remotely via an audio stream or listen and view the slides via a a virtual meeting room.  Details are on the program page.

The session will be recorded for later viewing, which may be appreciated by any readers in the Western hemisphere (such as those in the USA) for whom Singapore time at UTC+8 will be very early in the morning. 🙂

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Last Day To RSVP For ICANN 49 DNSSEC Implementers Gathering March 26 in Singapore

ICANN 49 SingaporeWill you be at ICANN 49 in Singapore next week?  And are you deploying  DNSSEC and interested in meeting with others who are also doing so?

As we mentioned earlier this week, there are three sessions at ICANN 49 focused on DNSSEC and one of those is  an “informal gathering of DNSSEC implementers” on the evening of March 26 from 19:30-21:30 (or later). This is a time to share experiences, exchange information and just generally interact with other people involved with deploying DNSSEC.  As ICANN’s Julie Hedlund wrote in a note to various email lists:

This is a unique opportunity to meet with and talk to key implementers, such as CNNIC, JPRS, NZNIC, CIRA, CZNIC, Nominet UK, SIDN, and others. We do ask that in order to participate you should come prepared to say a few words about your experiences.

It’s a great chance to meet people working with DNSSEC.  If you will be in Singapore and interested in joining us,  please RSVP by the close of business TODAY (21 March 2014) so that we can have accurate information for the location of the event.   Details and location information will be sent via email to all those who have RSVP’d.

See (some of) you in Singapore!

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3 DNSSEC Sessions At ICANN 49 Next Week In Singapore

ICANN 49 SingaporeNext week we’ll be at ICANN 49 in Singapore for several excellent DNSSEC-related sessions, two of which will also be streamed live for those who want to watch remotely.

DNSSEC For Everybody: A Beginner’s Guide

First up on Monday, March 24, 2014, in the late afternoon from 17:00 – 18:30 Singapore time will be the DNSSEC For Everybody: A Beginner’s Guide session where we start at the very basic level of why should anyone care about DNSSEC and get into what kind of problem we are trying to solve.  This session includes a skit (seriously!) where we act out DNS and DNSSEC transactions.  We even have some newer props this time around… so it will be a bit of fun and our feedback has been that this helps people greatly in understanding what DNSSEC is all about.

You can listen remotely via an audio stream or listen and view the slides via a a virtual meeting room.  Details are on the program page.

DNSSEC Workshop

The BIG event of the week is the DNSSEC Workshop on Wednesday, March 26, where we meet from 8:30 – 14:45 Singapore time for this detailed session diving into many different aspects of DNSSEC.  I’m on the Program Committee for the workshop and I can tell you that there will be some excellent presentations at this session.  The slides and full agenda will be available soon, but the major areas of discussion will include:

  • Introduction and DNSSEC Deployment Around the World
  • DNSSEC Activities in the Asia Pacific region
  • Guidance for Registrars in Supporting DNSSEC
  • The Operational Realities of Running DNSSEC
  • Preparing for Root Key Rollover
  • Implementing DNSSEC Validation At Internet Service Providers (ISPs) DANE and DNSSEC Applications

[UPDATE: The slides and full agenda are now available.]

The workshop continues to attract some of the best technical people involved with DNSSEC and the conversations and discussions that happen there provide outstanding value to those interested in these topics.  If you’re interested in DNSSEC and how it can make the Internet more secure, I highly recommend you tuning in!

You can listen remotely via an audio stream or listen and view the slides via a a virtual meeting room.  Details are on the program page.

DNSSEC Implementers Gathering

Finally, Wednesday evening from 19:30-21:30 (or later) some of us will join in an “informal gathering of DNSSEC implementers” at a nearby restaurant/bar. This is a time to share experiences, exchange information and just generally interact with other people involved with deploying DNSSEC.  As ICANN’s Julie Hedlund wrote in a note to various email lists:

This is a unique opportunity to meet with and talk to key implementers, such as CNNIC, JPRS, NZNIC, CIRA, CZNIC, Nominet UK, SIDN, and others. We do ask that in order to participate you should come prepared to say a few words about your experiences.

It’s been a fun time at past events and generated both good conversations and connections for future work activities after the meetings are over.

It should perhaps be obvious but this event will NOT be available for remote participation.  If you will be in Singapore, though, and are interested in interacting with others who are deploying DNSSEC, you are welcome to join us.  As Julie requests, please RSVP by close of business on this Friday, March 21, 2014.

Say Hello!

I will be there in Singapore as will Chris Grundemann from our team.  Please do say hello – you can find me at any of these events and also around other areas of ICANN. You can also email us at deploy360@isoc.org if you’d like to meet with us.  You can also contact us via Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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Call For Participation – Submit Your Idea For The ICANN 49 DNSSEC Workshop In Singapore

ICANN 49 LogoDo you have an idea for a great presentation you’d like to give around DNSSEC?  Perhaps a demonstration of a new tool or service?  Or new DNSSEC statistics or measurements?  Or a new application that works with the DANE protocol?

If you’re going to go the ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore in March 2014, there will be another DNSSEC Workshop happening on Wednesday, March 2014 and the program committee is actively looking for proposals for presentations.  We’d particularly be interested in including some demonstrations this time now that DNSSEC and DANE are getting more widely deployed.

The full Call for Participation is included below.  If you have an idea, please email a couple of sentences about your idea to dnssec-singapore@shinkuro.com.


Call for Participation — ICANN DNSSEC Workshop 26 March 2014

DON’T READ THIS MESSAGE!  We know it’s the holiday season and many of you will ignore this message completely, so we’ll be sure to send another message in early January – but  for those of you who might have some time over the holidays to think about ideas for a presentation related to DNSSEC, please read on…

The DNSSEC Deployment Initiative and the Internet Society Deploy360 Programme, in cooperation with the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), are planning a DNSSEC Workshop at the ICANN meeting in Singapore on 26 March 2014.  The DNSSEC Workshop has been a part of ICANN meetings for several years and has provided a forum for both experienced and new people to meet, present and discuss current and future DNSSEC deployments.  For reference, the most recent session was held at the ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 20 November 2013. The presentations and transcripts are available at: http://buenosaires48.icann.org/en/schedule/wed-dnssec.

We are seeking presentations on the following topics:

1.  DNSSEC Activities in the Asia Pacific region:

For this panel we are seeking participation from those who have been involved in DNSSEC deployment in the Asia Pacific region and also from those who have not deployed DNSSEC but who have a keen interest in the challenges and benefits of deployment.  In particular, we will consider the following questions:  What can DNSSEC do for you? What doesn’t it do?  What are the internal tradeoffs to implementing DNSSEC?

2. The Operational Realities of Running DNSSEC

Now that DNSSEC has become an operational norm for many registries, registrars, and ISPs, what have we learned about how we manage DNSSEC? What is the best practice around key rollovers? How often do you review your disaster recovery procedures? Is there operational familiarity within your customer support teams? What operational statistics have we gathered about DNSSEC? Are there experiences being documented in the form of best practices, or something similar, for transfer of signed zones?

3.  Implementing DNSSEC Validation At Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) play a critical role by enabling DNSSEC validation for the caching DNS resolvers used by their customers.  We have now seen massive rollouts of DNSSEC validation within large North American ISPs and at ISPs around the world.  We are interested in presentations on topics such as:
* What does an ISP need to do to prepare its network for implementing DNSSEC validation?
* How does an ISP need to prepare its support staff and technical staff for the rollout of DNSSEC validation?
* What measurements are available about the degree of DNSSEC validation currently deployed?
* What tools are available to help an ISP deploy DNSSEC validation?
* What are the practical server-sizing impacts of enabling DNSSEC validation on ISP DNS Resolvers (ex. cost, memory, cpu, bandwidth, technical support, etc.)?

4.  DNSSEC and DANE In The Enterprise

Similar to ISPs, enterprises can play a critical role in both providing DNSSEC validation to their internal networks and also through signing of the enterprises’s own domains. We are seeking presentations from enterprises who have implemented DNSSEC on either or both validation and signing and can address questions such as:
* What are the benefits to enterprises of rolling out DNSSEC validation? And how do they do so?
* What are the challenges to deployment for these organizations and how could DANE and other DNSSEC applications address those challenges?
* How should an enterprise best prepare its IT staff and network to implement DNSSEC?
* What tools and systems are available to assist enterprises in the deployment of DNSSEC?
* How can the DANE protocol be used within an enterprise to bring a higher level of security to transactions using SSL/TLS certificates?

5.  DANE and DNSSEC Applications

The DNS-based Authentication of Named Entitites (DANE) protocol is an exciting development where DNSSEC can be used to provide a strong additional trust layer for traditional SSL/TLS certificates. There is strong interest for DANE usage within web transactions as well as for securing email and Voice-over-IP (VoIP). We are seeking presentations on topics such as:
* What are some of the new and innovative uses of DANE and other DNSSEC applications in new areas or industries?
* What tools and services are now available that can support DANE usage?
* How soon could DANE and other DNSSEC applications become a deployable reality?
* How can the industry used DANE and other DNSSEC applications as a mechanism for creating a more secure Internet?

We would be particularly interested in any live demonstrations of DNSSEC / DANE applications and services.  For example, a demonstration of the actual process of setting up a site with a certificate stored in a TLSA record that correctly validates would be welcome.  Demonstrations of new tools that make the setup of DNSSEC or DANE more automated would also be welcome.

6.  When Unexpected DNSSEC Events Occur

What have we learned from some of the operational outages that we have seen over the past 18 months? Are there lessons that we can pass on to those just about to implement DNSSEC? How do you manage dissemination of information about the outage? What have you learned about communications planning? Do you have a route to ISPs and registrars? How do you liaise with your CERT community?

7.  Preparing for Root Key Rollover

For this topic we are seeking input on issues relating to root key rollover.  In particular, we are seeking comments from vendors, ISPs, and the community that will be affected by distribution of new root keys.

8.  DNSSEC Automation

For DNSSEC to reach massive deployment levels it is clear that a higher level of automation is required than is currently available. Topics for which we would like to see presentations include:
* What tools, systems and services are available to help automate DNSSEC key management?
* Can you provide an analysis of current tools/services and identify gaps?
* Where in the various pieces that make up DNSSEC signing and validation are the best opportunities for automation?
* What are the costs and benefits of different approaches to automation?

9.  Guidance for Registrars in Supporting DNSSEC:

The 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) for Registrars and Resellers requires the support of DNSSEC beginning on January 1, 2014. We are seeking presentations discussing:
* What are the specific technical requirements of the RAA and how can registrars meet those requirements?
* What tools and systems are available for registrars that include DNSSEC support?
* What information do registrars need to provide to resellers and ultimately customers?

We are particularly interested in hearing from registrars who have signed the 2013 RAA and have either already implemented DNSSEC support or have a plan for doing so.

10.  APIs Between the Registrars and DNS Hosting Operators

One specific area that has been identified as needing focus is the communication between registrars and DNS hosting operators, specifically when these functions are provided by different entities.  Right now the communication, such as the transfer of a DS record, occurs primarily by way of the domain name holder copying and pasting information from one web interface to another. How can this be automated?  We would welcome presentations  by either registrars or DNS hosting operators who have implemented APIs for the communication of DNSSEC information – or from people with ideas around how such APIs could be constructed.

In addition, we welcome suggestions for additional topics.

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief (1-2 sentence) description of your proposed presentation to dnssec-singapore@shinkuro.com by **Friday, 31 January 2014**

We hope that you can join us.

Thank you,

Julie Hedlund

On behalf of the DNSSEC Workshop Program Committee:
Steve Crocker, Shinkuro
Mark Elkins, DNS/ZACR
Cath Goulding, Nominet UK
Jean Robert Hountomey, AfricaCERT
Jacques Latour, .CA
Xiaodong Lee, CNNIC
Luciano Minuchin, NIC.AR
Russ Mundy, Sparta/Parsons
Ondřej Surý, CZ.NIC
Lance Wolak, .ORG, The Public Interest Registry
Yoshiro Yoneya, JPRS
Dan York, Internet Society