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    Re: The greatest threat to the security of the DNS
    by Anonymous on Wednesday October 24 2001, @12:50PM (#50)
    ?????"roots operated outside of the DNS"??????
    for example on corporate intranets ?

    http://www.bizconst.org/positions.htm
    Business Constituency Position Paper
    Alternate Roots ­- August 2001
    The Business Constituency (BC) supports the need for competition in the
    domain name system (DNS) while ensuring the integrity of a single
    authoritative root, with uniqueness in the DNS. The BC notes that confusion
    between naming schemes within the DNS and roots operated outside of the DNS,
    pose a severe threat to the stability of the Internet and it's ability to
    ensure reliability and integrity in supporting global electronic commerce
    and communications. Any threat to the stable and reliable resolvability
    with uniqueness in the naming system of the Internet will cause user
    confusion, raise new opportunities for consumer fraud, and cause potential
    harm to all users of the infrastructure worldwide. Businesses require
    consistent and reliable means of ensuring communications and services to all
    users of the global Internet.
    The Business Constituency believes that:
    Only with uniqueness can users be assured of the ability to communicate
    reliably and predicably with anyone anywhere in a consistent manner,
    regardless of the location, device or ISP used to access the Internet.
    Stability and reliability of the infrastructure is not only essential to
    users -- businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals -- but it is a
    social responsibility, given the critical nature of communications and
    transactions conducted via the Internet.
    Competition in registration services in the Domain Name System namespace
    must be supported via mechanisms which add and protect broad user benefits,
    not just the narrow interests of the suppliers of registration or other
    services or new techniques.
    Alternate roots, and mechanisms which create confusion related to the
    authoritative nature of the root with its assurance of global uniqueness,
    may represent destabilizing factors to the global uniqueness of the Internet
    's naming system.
    It is critical that users of the Internet, no matter where they are located
    and independent of the application, or device/ISP they are using, should be
    assured that references to the same DNS name will cause them to access the
    same resource. If different resources are found, based on different
    platforms, the opportunities for consumer confusion, deliberate fraud, and
    reduced trust in the Internet and e-commerce as a resource are almost
    unlimited.
    Recommendation: The Business Constituency supports the existing ICANN
    position related to the single authoritative root, with uniqueness in the
    DNS.
    Given the critical nature of the communications and transactions conducted
    on the Internet, the Business Constituency calls on ICANN to ensure that
    global integrity of the Internet root together with uniqueness in the DNS is
    a top priority.
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