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  • From: Richard Lyons <richard AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] Uniting with other roots
  • Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:01:42 +0000
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On Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 21:12:59 -0500, John Kozlowski (

> Some of the other alternative roots are,
> (which may be defunct), and
> (which is a bit odd).

> Being a commercial root is not bad. Being a monopoly root is.

> I don’t think we need to form a larger group, or merge with others,
> but rather use technology to remove the monopoly power.

> Change the resolver such that it does not start at “the” root, but all
> roots. Therefore when someone resolves “” the ICANN root
> will respond. When someone resolves “” both OpenNIC and
> ICANN’s root will respond. In this case you could check the SLD to
> see if both continue to respond. If both do then the end user via
> configuration can choose.

> When conflicts occur, this puts the choice in the hands of the user,
> not the system.

This is an appealing idea. If all the non-ICANN groups could share in
promoting a single standard or alternative default resolver available on
all platforms, then it could slowly transform the landscape. Once it
was adopted as default by Mozilla, the momentum would be irresistable

Richard Lyons
07717 842296

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