RSSAC024 - Key Technical Elements of Potential Root Operators
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (2016)
Warren Kumari, Wes Hardaker,
Paul Hoffman, Shane Kerr, Russ Mundy
In this document the RSSAC defines key technical elements of potential new root
operators that would be a critical part of any potential root server operator
designation process. RSSAC001 (“Service Expectations of Root Servers”) and RFC 7720
(“DNS Root Name Service Protocol and Deployment Requirements”) are considered as
starting points; alone, they are insufficient to evaluate potential operators.
Non-technical aspects, such as trustworthiness, ethos, funding, business models,
openness, community participation and politics are out of scope for this document.
The RSSAC believes these non-technical aspects to be important, and although this
document does not address them, we expect them to be part of the overall
evaluation. The elements defined in this document are designed to be: • Technical
in nature • As specific as possible • Provable, documentable, and/or measurable