CENTR publishes its Report on IETF109
Over the last few weeks we have published a series of blogposts covering the IETF109 meeting, which we have brought together into one final report, together with two additional updates from the meeting. This report can be found here.
Choosing the right encrypted DNS resolvers: who discovers the options?
The Adaptive DNS Discovery (ADD) working group (WG) at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been trying to catch up with the deployment of encrypted DNS and met six times last year. Its goal is to provide standardised means of discovering which encrypted options are available to various network users, and a means for those same users to select the option most appropriate for their intended use. The work entails manoeuvering between technical tasks and policy choices that other WGs, such as the DNS Operations (DNSOP) WG were reluctant to pick up.
DNS transport: The race is on!
Not one, not two, but three new protocols are offering internet transport layer options for the Domain Name System (DNS). We must not lose sight of the dernier cri (last shout) though. Here is a quick look at the catalogue of options and opinions on DNS over TLS (DoT), DNS over HTTPS (DoH) and DNS over Quic (DoQ).
Diversity at any price? IETF looking for a new chair
The ongoing search for a new IETF Chair offers the community a possibility to look into diversity issues and choose a candidate sponsored by one of the newer participants in the standardisation process. It is unfortunate that the most plausible candidate from the standpoint of diversity, is sponsored by Chinese vendor Huawei, who is currently locked in a trade war with the US.
Transparent censors and other extensions of extended error codes
The DNS Working Group of the IETF is continuing to expand the DNS code base with both new features and enhancements to previous features. In the latest session, a proposal on private space in the DNS with two letter codes received mixed comments, while the policy-heavy work on the operational fall-out of DoH is still not welcome.
Standardising an end-to-end encrypted messaging protocol at the IETF
Last month, an Austrian media report kicked up a storm by suggesting that the Council of the European Union was drafting a resolution to prohibit the use of end-to-end encrypted communication. This was quickly corrected: the draft resolution, in fact, affirms the previous position of previous EU policy documents that recognise the importance of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in providing secure and private communication.
EU Policy Update – November 2020
In a nutshell: The European Commission published a New Consumer Agenda, an Intellectual Property Action Plan and a proposal for a Data Governance Act regulation. The Representative Action Directive is awaiting its publication in the Official Journal of the EU. The European Data Protection Board issued its post-Schrems II recommendations for data transfers. The European Data Protection Supervisor issued an opinion on the temporary e-Privacy derogation proposal. The European Parliament’s LIBE Committee proposed amendments to the temporary e-Privacy derogation proposal.
Adapting to the reality of encrypted DNS deployment
What do computer scientists, behaviour economists and cognitive psychologists have in common? They all appreciate the power of the default effect, i.e. whatever people get without making an active choice is what is likely to be the most popular. In the world of network protocol development, the story of deployment of encrypted DNS protocols is arguably centred around what will become the default.
Some changes to RIPE, and more to come
By Monika Ermert, eLance Journalist - At the RIPE81 meeting which took place at the end of October, the new leadership duo, RIPE Chair Mirjam Kühne and Executive Director Hans Peter Holen, presented preliminary ideas of changes to come.
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report 2020/3 has been published
The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q3/2020 has been published and shows that Q3 2020 has seen a continuation of high rates of new domain creations as well as a slight decrease in deletes. Furthermore, for several countries, the national ccTLD also gained market share based on ‘popular website’ ranks from Alexa. This report covers the status and trends in top-level domains with a focus on European ccTLDs (country code top-level domains).