ICANN CTO Tours Asia To Engage the Technical Community and Regional Stakeholders

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Chief Technology Officer (CTO) David Conrad kicks off a four-city Asia tour to engage regional stakeholders and technical community today.

Conrad is visiting China, India, Japan and Singapore over two weeks. He will be meeting regional stakeholders to share information about ICANN’s technical role in the domain name ecosystem, and explore potential partnership opportunities in the technical field. He will also visit major technology firms and research institutions to better understand key regional technological developments.

“The mission of my office is to constantly improve knowledge and technical operation of the unique identifiers of the domain name system that ICANN helps to coordinate. This tour is very much in support of that fact-finding and knowledge sharing mission,” said David Conrad, ICANN CTO.

“I used to live in Asia and appreciate the creativity and innovation that emerges from this region. I’m hoping to find some ‘hidden gems’ and opportunities to collaborate in areas such as further improving the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet’s global identifier systems,” he continued.

During the visit, Conrad will meet with regional ICANN community representatives including government, contracted parties, technical community and academia to discuss topics such as:

  • Domain Name System (DNS) security – the DNS translates names into numbers called Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. ICANN coordinates this addressing system to ensure that all the addresses are unique and we can have one global Internet. DNS security looks at measures to protect the DNS e.g. safeguarding your server.
  • DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) – this is a suite of extensions that add security to the DNS protocol by enabling DNS responses to be validated. This technology was developed to protect against vulnerabilities in the DNS that allow an attacker to hijack any step of the DNS lookup process and take over control of a session. Full deployment of DNSSEC will ensure that the end user is connecting to the actual website or service corresponding to a particular domain name.
  • Key Signing Key (KSK) Rollover – ICANN is changing of the “top” pair of cryptographic keys used in DNSSEC protocol to protect the DNS. The KSK rollover will take place on 11 October 2017. All network operators who have enabled DNSSEC validation must update their systems to ensure that services are not interrupted on 11 October.
  • Public Technical Identifiers (PTI) – an affiliate of ICANN, PTI is responsible for the operational aspects of coordinating the Internet’s unique identifiers and performs the IANA functions for domain names, number resources and protocol parameters.

“I’m very happy that David is here to engage with the Asia stakeholders. We hope that through this trip, we can increase the region’s contribution and participation to ICANN, especially from the technical perspective,” said Jia-Rong Low, Vice President and Managing Director, ICANN Asia Pacific.