P.I.R. appoints Kathy Kleiman as Director of Policy

ISOC-NY would like to congratulate both Kathy Kleiman and the Public Interest Registry on her appointment as their Director of Policy. As noted on the PIR blog, Kathy has long stood up for the interests and rights of the the Internet using public, not only as a co-founder of the Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN (of which ISOC-NY is a member), but in countless other ways. That she will now have the opportunity to pursue such interests full-time on behalf of the .org community is great news!

See below for a classic example of Kathy in action in a recent ISOC-NY webcast:

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ICANN accepting comments on PIR’s implementation of DNSSEC for .ORG

PIR logoThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is opening a comment period on the Public Interest Registry’s (PIR) proposed implementation of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in .ORG. The Public Interest Registry (PIR) is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Internet Society (ISOC) and is a major source of funding.The Internet Society of New York is a Chapter of ISOC.

DNSSEC digitally signs DNS records but doesn’t encrypt DNS traffic. DNS responses are validated as legitimate and not hacked or tampered with. This ensures users don’t get sent to phishing sites when requesting a legitimate website. DNS security has increasingly become a concern, with DNS being prone to this type of attack, as well as being vulnerable to distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks such as the one that temporarily crippled two of the Internet’s 13 DNS root servers last year. Continue reading