[AfrICANN-discuss] Mitigating Malicious Conduct in New gTLD - Zone File Access

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 08:20:01 SAST 2010

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 Mitigating Malicious Conduct in New gTLD - Zone File Access

22 February 2010

Zone File Access Concept
260 KB]
Cost Model Information<http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/zone-file-access-en.htm>

In one of many efforts to mitigate the potential for malicious conduct in
new gTLDs, ICANN formed the Zone File Access (ZFA) Advisory Group following
an announcement on 3 December 2009 (see,
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-03dec09-en.htm). ICANN
sought the participation of a diverse and knowledgeable set of volunteers to
discuss alternatives for Zone File Access. The group was charged with
discussing benefits and exploring methods to effectively and efficiently
enhance access to zone file information in an environment with many gTLDs.
The Anti-Phishing Working Group and others have described access to zone
data as an effective tool for combating DNS abuse.

On behalf of the ZFA Advisory Group, ICANN is opening a public comment forum
on the ZFA Concept Paper (the "Paper") that describes standardized forms of
access to zone file information. The Paper proposes four alternative
implementation models for community consideration.

The Paper focuses on technical, operational, and administrative challenges
for data providers and consumers in an environment with a potentially large
number of gTLD registry zone files. Specifically, the work of the group
targets consumer concerns relating to difficulties of accessing this
important information in the new environment. For those combating DNS
abuses, the goals of the program are to reduce the differences in and
complexity of contractual agreements; standardize approaches; improve
security and zone file access methods. Goals for gTLD registries include
managing overhead related to zone file access and considering ways to
improve service while maintaining administrative control over zone data.

*The ZFA Advisory Group plans to conduct **a
* on its Paper and on-going activities at the ICANN meeting in Nairobi on
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 from 12:00-13:30 UTC*.

A copy of the Paper is available
260 KB]. The cost model referenced in the Paper is available
106 KB]. Comments on the Paper submitted to
zfa-concept-15feb10 at icann.org will be considered until 8 April 2010 23:59
UTC. Comments may be viewed at

All documentation related to the work of the group, including an archive of
its mailing list and MP3s for its teleconferences, is available at

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