Re: [DNSOP] additional special names Fwd: I-D Action: draft-chapin-additional-reserved-tlds-00.txt

Suzanne Woolf <> Tue, 04 February 2014 15:43 UTC

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Dear Colleagues,

On Feb 4, 2014, at 5:29 AM, Andrew Sullivan <> wrote:
> I do not think we want to turn over the rock labelled, "Who owns the
> DNS name space?"  Under that rock live all manner of creatures from
> layer 9 and above.  We have two allocation procedures: regular
> allocation via IANA procedures (which happen to be defined right now
> in ICANN) and RFC 6761.  One of those procedures is the one we can
> exercise, and I still believe the only question is whether any
> particular registration attempt works under RFC 6761. 

In this spirit, I'd like to suggest that we assume for the sake of the current discussion that any apparent problem between ICANN and the IETF over the public DNS namespace can be resolved sensibly, so it's unnecessary to speculate on what ICANN knows, or what applicants for names under ICANN's process will or won't do, or whose process has precedence.

I think our job here has to be to discuss these drafts on their merits-- the operational impact of adding these names to the special use registry, or not, including guidance to implementors (if we converge on any) and precedents for other protocol and software developers in the future.

It also seems to me that if we come up with refinements or modifications to RFC 6761, we can write those up and share them with the community in the usual way.