CENTR responds to the public consultation on the Digital Services Act
By Polina Malaja, Policy Advisor - CENTR has provided its feedback on an upcoming EU legislative reform - the Digital Services Act (DSA), as a response to the public consultation initiated by the European Commission.
Back to square one: encrypted DNS keeps developers busy – and divided
By Monika Ermert, eLance Journalist - For more than half a decade, DNS developers have tried to answer the question of how to switch from a traditional DNS resolver to one that allows the client’s DNS queries and answers to be encrypted. Encrypting DNS queries and answers was in part a reaction to Edward Snowden’s revelations about the widespread interception and surveillance of the internet, including DNS traffic, by intelligence agencies. While DNS over TLS (DoT) was intended to allow for an evolution of traditional DNS operations, it was eventually DNS over HTTPS (DoH) that was first ready for release (see CENTR’s interview with European DNS-engineer Sarah Dickinson from July 2018).
The second edition of CENTR's new Tech Trends Watch is out!
CENTR is excited to share the second edition of its new publication, the Tech Trends Watch, which aims to give an overview of current and upcoming changes in technology from a range of standards development organisations and other technology forums, keeping in mind underlying geopolitical and industrial movements and in particular tracing the trends that may have an impact on the addressing and numbering communities.
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report 2020/2 is out!
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2020 has been published. The report covers the status and trends in top-level domains with a focus on European ccTLDs (country code top-level domains). The pdf version of the report can be found here.
CENTR publishes white paper on registry lock models
CENTR has published a white paper separating registry lock services into two standardised models. This categorisation and the included recommendations can help top-level domain registries (re)design their registry lock services. The aim of the paper is to reduce fragmentation in implementation between registries to explain the value of registry lock to domain holders more easily.
An alternative DNS: Cool and sexy or wild and scary?
By Monika Ermert, eLance Journalist - There have been calls for another DNS root or a DNS 2.0 in the past. During the SecDispatch WG meeting at IETF108 Martin Schanzenbach, speaking for a group of GNU developers, presented what they call a privacy enhancing and “fully decentralized and censorship-resistant name system”.
Encrypting zone transfers closes one more leak left open by old DNS technology
By Monika Ermert, eLance Journalist - Making the DNS more privacy friendly is the declared goal of the IETF DPRIVE Working Group (WG). As they gathered virtually for IETF108, the WG took a sharp look at the proposal to extend privacy to the technical operation of zone transfers.
2020 so far: a General Manager’s perspective
Blogpost by Peter Van Roste, General Manager of CENTR - When we were drafting plans for 2020, nothing could have prepared us for the extraordinary times we have witnessed in the last six months.
Successful European Engagement in the IETF: A French early bird (or early fox) in IoT
Interview with Juan Carlos Zuniga, Sigfox - Sigfox was an early bird in IoT, offering sensor networking for agriculture or logistic methods, luring customers with a full-service package – from the sensors to the network. The French company embraced standardisation for data formats early on and found a place in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Sigfox helped establish the Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) working group (WG), which is now a very European sphere in the IETF. We speak to Juan Carlos Zuniga, who is responsible for the standardisation efforts at Sigfox.
EU Policy Update - June 2020
In a nutshell: The European Commission has revealed more details about the planned reforms on the NIS Directive, the protection of critical infrastructure in the EU, Europol’s strengthened mandate, and the eIDAS Regulation. Additionally, the European Commission is consulting the public on the Digital Services Act and has published its evaluation report of the GDPR. Members of the Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group have been selected. The Council of the EU published its conclusions on EU external action on preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism. Members of the European Parliament filed amendments for the own-initiative reports on the Digital Services Act.