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

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@nic.fr> Tue, 04 February 2014 08:52 UTC

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Subject: Re: [DNSOP] additional special names Fwd: I-D Action: draft-chapin-additional-reserved-tlds-00.txt
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On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 01:45:11AM +0000,
 jonne.soininen@broadcom.com <jonne.soininen@broadcom.com>; wrote 
 a message of 88 lines which said:

> They are not DNS and not even specified in the IETF. They have taken
> a design choice where they look like DNS

No, that's not a correct description. These proposals use domain names
(not things that "look like" domain names). Domain names are *older*
than the DNS (see RFC 810 and many others). They can be resolved by
several protocols (DNS, Bonjour, /etc/hosts, LDAP, whatever). It is
perfectly sensible to use domain names for new protocols.

> you want a TLD you go to ICANN.  Regardless of what people think of
> that process, this is the process we have created already a long
> time ago

If "we" is the US governement, the sentence is true. Otherwise, no, I
had no part in the ICANN creation. I remember a discussion with Stuart
Cheshire where he explained that IETF, not ICANN, created the entire
name space, since it created the rules, and therefore has rights above
those of ICANN.