[AfrICANN-discuss] Trusted Community Representatives Approach to DNSSEC Root Key Management

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue Apr 13 08:21:50 SAST 2010

News Alert

 Trusted Community Representatives Approach to DNSSEC Root Key Management

12 April 2010

ICANN, as the IANA functions operator, seeks to improve confidence and
acceptance in the DNSSEC security mechanism among the wider Internet
community by inviting recognized members of the DNS technical community to
be part of the key generation, key backup and key signing process for the

As part of the joint effort to secure the domain name system (DNS) and the
Root DNSSEC key management process currently under consideration, a number
of persons acting as trusted representatives of the Internet community will
be sought to participate in the root key generation and signing ceremonies.
These persons are called Trusted Community Representatives (TCRs).

ICANN will select 21 TCRs and a number of candidate TCRs. Initially, this
will be done on a provisional basis to determine the approach's viability
based on the success of the first Hardware Security Module (HSM)
initialization and key generation that is scheduled for June 2010. The
selection will be based on Statements of Interest, solicited from the
Internet community at http://www.root-dnssec.org/tcr/. Persons considered
affiliated with ICANN, VeriSign or the U.S. Department of Commerce may not
become a Trusted Community Representative.

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