Submitted Proposals


Organization: Global Internet Policy Initiative
Title :
40. Evolution of the Root Server System
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a basis for a better understanding of the root server system and to explore how the it is evolving in response to increased requirements. The workshop will provide an introduction to the root server operators, how they cooperate, and how they contribute to the stability and secure operation of the Domain Name System (DNS).The root server system is evolving along with the evolution of Internet functionality and user needs. In particular, progress is being made in its extension to include IPv6 capabilities, IDNs, introducing DNSSEC into root operations,growth of more root server copies, and increased distribution of the signed root zone.

All of these activities are important to understand if the importance of the root server system and the current structure of the DNS is to be understood. It must operate well, without compromise, for the continued functioning of the DNS and the Internet as a whole.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

  • George Sadowsky, GIPI - moderator
  • Suzanne Woolf, ICANN RSSAC Liaison, ARIN AC *Desiree Miloshevic, Afilias
  • Representative from an Asian root server operator
  • Stephen Crocker, Shinkuro
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
  • ISOC
  • ICANN
  • GIPI
  • Afilias
The stakeholders represent the technical community, the business community and civil society. it is our intent to look for a suitable representative of government to augment the panel.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
The workshop provides different perspectives with respect to the origins, growth and potential future paths of the root server system.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
Critical Internet resources, of which the root server system is one, is one of the central themes being discussed at the IGF. In particular, this workshop addresses issues raised in Tunis Agenda for the Information Society paragraphs 55, 58, 72 (j).
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
The Internet technical community, comprising inter alia the Internet Society, the IETF, the IAB, ICANN, the RIRs, the regional networks and training schools, and the academic networking community have organized technical and managerial workshops and conferences to assist people and organizations in both developing and developed countries.  Additionally, these organizing entities have successfully managed workshops at the IGF in Athens, and in Rio de Janeiro.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Yes, The Root Server System.  A report was submitted on the workshop two weeks after the close of IGF 2007.