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Domain Name Security Gains Prominence in German-Speaking World

The 2010 Domain Pulse, hosted by SWITCH (the .CH registry) was held in the snowy Swiss city of Luzern. Domain Name Security (DNS) was of particular importance in this year’s meeting with DNSSEC being implemented in the root zone in 2010 by ICANN, and by many registries in the next few years.ICANN plan to have all root servers signed with DNSSEC by mid-2010 Kim Davies, Manager, Root Zone Services at ICANN told the meeting on Monday, starting with the L root server, then A root server with the last being the J root server as all are gradually signed.ICANN has taken a conservative approach to deploying DNSSEC to ensure there are no mistakes in its implementation, said Davies.Meanwhile a discussion on the registration of domain names that are responsible for illegal content, such as phishing or child pornography, was hotly discussed.A discussion with lawyers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland said in varying degrees that when it is difficult to contact the domain registrant, that using the registrar as a means of deleting the domain name was justified.All three lawyers, Clara-Ann Gordon (Switzerland), Dr. Boris Uphoff (Germany) and Michael Pilz (Austria) said that when it is difficult to contact the domain registrant, that using the registrar as a means of deleting the domain name.Difficulties can often occur in the event of such a domain name registration when the registrant includes false registration information.The registries, represented by their legal counsel Stephan Welzel (DENIC), Barbara Schlossbauer (nic.at) and Nicole Beranek Zanon (SWITCH) took this discussion further and explained what happens when there are difficulties in contacting registrants such as when there is illegal use of the domain name, such as illegal content.In the case of phishing, in Austria if the registry is certain the content is legal the domain name is deleted, in Germany the domain name is not deleted as they believe the domain name is not the problem but the content is while in Switzerland they temporarily block the domain until the legal situation is sorted out.Videos of all presentations, mostly in German, are available on the Domain Pulse website at domainpulse.ch although without simultaneous translations as occurred during the meeting.

Domain Pulse 2010 in Switzerland Getting Closer

The Domain Pulse 2010 conference, the premier domain name conference in the German-speaking countries, will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 and 2 February.The conference will have several presentations on DNSSEC, including one on the introduction of DNSSEC in Switzerland by Marc Furrer, President of the Federal Communications Commission and Urs Eppenberger from SWITCH, the host of this year’s conference as well as another presentation on the results of a DNSSEC pilot project in Switzerland.ICANN staff will be presenting on new registrar accreditation (Steve Gobin) and on Root zone and DNSSEC (Kim Davies).Issues impacting on the domain name use and abuse in the three German-speaking countries (Switzerland, Austria and Germany) are also prominent by staff from each of the registries.There are also presentations on how youth are presenting themselves online, particularly on social networking sites, by Ulla Patricia from the Authenrieth Institut für Medienwissenschaft at the University of Basel.Presentations in German are simultaneously translated into English, and those in English into German.The conference is a great opportunity to meet and network with those involved in the domain name industry in the three countries and even wider afield. Attendees include registry staff, registrars and domainers along with many others interested in the industry or where domain names impact on their work.The conference is free to attend and there is a social event included on the Monday night.For further information including the full programme and how to register, see domainpulse.ch/en/dp_start.