DNSSEC: the internet's International Criminal Court?
Trust and confidence in the domain name system
INET The DNSSEC protocol could have some very interesting geo-political implications, including erosion of the scope of state sovereign powers, according to policy and security experts.
“We will have to handle the geo-political element of DNSSEC very carefully,” explained Peter Dengate Thrush, a New Zealand patent attorney and chairman of ICANN, at the INET conference in San Francisco.
“The Internet has the capacity to dilute some aspects of sovereignty,” he said, “and we may find that the power to rewrite Internet traffic may need to be tempered against some other international standard.”
Dengate Thrush then referenced other examples from history where national sovereignty has yielded to a higher international standard, such as the Nuremberg Trials, where Nazi war criminals were tried against a new standard of international law, and the International Criminal Court, which can try people outside of one country’s jurisdiction, as examples of where inter-governmental treaties can produce a higher standard that people are held to.
Other experts agreed that the DNSSEC standard – which allows Internet servers to confirm that data sent over the Internet came from a specific source – could make it more difficult for countries that wish to alter or censor information to do so without being noticed.
Jim Galvin of Afilias, an expert in DNSSEC, warned that a “split DNS” – where a country effectively sets up its own Internet within its borders and controls access to the global Internet - and the DNSSEC protocol “do not match very well”. However, he said that technically it was possible for someone at the interface of the global Internet and a country-wide Internet to strip electronic certificates attached to data and repackage the data with a new one. “But that’s a political issue,” Galvin added.
The discussion came on the back of the news this week that the first tests on applying DNSSEC at the “root” had been completed and were successful. Now it is a matter of slowly rolling out the technology to registries (such as dot-com), then registrars (such as GoDaddy) and finally registrants (the end user).
Galvin explained that to be successful, DNSSEC would have to be implemented at first at the center of the Internet and kept away from the average consumer until it was sufficiently simple. He accepted that this went against the usual pattern of placing Internet security systems as close to the end-user as possible, but identified it as the only way that the “next generation of the Internet” will be achieved.
Alex Deacon, the director of technology strategy at VeriSign, confirmed that the company was working first with ICANN and the US Department of Commerce to apply DNSSEC to the Internet’s root, with an expansion out to dot-edu, then dot-net and finally to the dot-com registry in the first quarter of 2011.
Eventually, as the security standard cascades down toward the end-user, it will become the “cornerstone of what security will be in future” said Galvin, and from there “will change the Internet in ways we can not yet imagine.”
Whether one of those ways will be to make it harder for countries to control or censor the content their citizens see is something we will have to see. ®
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"“The Internet has the capacity to dilute some aspects of sovereignty,” he said, " ....... I would like to propose that as the Misunderestimation of the Virtual Age.
Oh, by the way, the Internet and IT Boffins also have the facility to drain and redistribute it with some aspects of sovereignty which are critically and strategically Missing in Action/AWOL , which is totally consistent with Civil Service Guidance and Support of Royal Charade Great Game.
With the Source of that Guidance and Support not Necessarily/Unnecessarily Known with ITs Being, Stealth Phantom Proxies into Greater Great Game Play Action.
Sovereignty without Royal Action is a Ponzi and a Fraud Perpetrated by Petrified Inaction Supplied by Public House/Royal Household Staff Intelligence.
Fortunately, although somewhat disruptively, is Information for Intelligence Ubiquitous InterNetworking, and thus is All known to All who would Search to Know All and Discover instead the Knowledge Geyser ..... The Holy Grail for Advancing Intelligence ..... Quintessential Cosmic Source .... with Quantum Control of Communications and Sublime Prime Time PreTexting.
Before the tinfoil brigade overwhelm this debate, let me point out something so obvious that the author didn't bother to state it explicitly. DNSSEC "allows Internet servers to confirm that data sent over the Internet came from a specific source", BUT ONLY DNS data.
So all of you pirates distributing content in the optional advisory information at the end of DNS packets will have to switch over to a different scheme such as, oh I don't know, HTTP or BitTorrent.
more DNSSEC FUD
dnssec is not owned by the us government. the protocol is controlled by the ietf. implementing and operating it is an opt-in process. nobody can force you to use dnssec or sign your zones. it's not "run by a by-definition-and-provably-too crooked US company" either. you'd know this if you had the slightest clue about how dnssec or how it is being handled at the root.
access to the root zone's dnssec material is shared by a group of trusted community representatives. this is designed so that (a) no one person or organisation has "control"; (b) everyone can have confidence in how the root zone gets signed. take a look at http://www.root-dnssec.org/documentation.
oh and btw your comments about ipv6 are utter bullshit. besides, there's no time to "go back to the drawing board" and fix whatever you claim is broken in ipv6. strange nobody else is suggesting ipv6 is so badly broken and needs radical overhaul. oh well.....
the world runs out of ipv4 in about 2 years. that's not long enough to get a new fundamental protocol specification out of the ietf. and once that's done the real work begins: there's the time for implementing the new protocol, conformance and interoperability testing, deploying and operating it, inventing a way to distribute addresses, extending routing protocols and router configurations to deal with the new protocol, adding new address records to the dns, getting name/web/whatever servers use these new addresses, etc, etc.
i suggest you get yourself a second tinfoil hat. one is clearly not enough to deflect the mind control rays that emanate from your arse.