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April 12, 2022
Europe/London timezone

Governing the "Ungovernable": One Giant Leap for the Root Server System in 2021

Apr 12, 2022, 3:00 PM
Charter 1, 2, 3 ( )

Charter 1, 2, 3

Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX, United Kingdom
Standard Presentation Main Session UKNOF49


Mr Robert Carolina (Internet Systems Consortium)


The world’s trust in DNS rests in no small part on the Root Server System (RSS). For three decades the RSS has operated 24 x 365 without interruption thanks to the services of a small group of organisationally diverse, fiercely independent, utterly dedicated, and highly collaborative Root Server Operators (RSO). The year 2021 began with a potential regulatory threat to the stability of the RSS and ended with a significant leap forward in developing its new governance model.

In this talk, we will review the threat to RSS stability from the European Union’s proposed NIS2 Directive and how this has been avoided (for now). After briefly considering how the RSS is governed today, we will discuss how RSSAC058 and ‘059 (published November 2021) represent a significant breakthrough in developing a new governance structure that seeks to assure the continued stability of the RSS and the Internet itself.

Talk Duration 25 Minutes Presentation (+5 Minutes Q&A)
Presentation delivery In-person at the meeting venue
Your consent for us to publish your name and affiliation as a Speaker on the UKNOF49 website Yes

Primary author

Mr Robert Carolina (Internet Systems Consortium)

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