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Management tools hint at the end of ICANN monopoly
Online diagnostic and management tools have made their debut showing the simplicity of rootless TLDs while maintaining compatibility with ICANN’s root as well as alternative roots. The tools can be publicly viewed on ShofarDomain’s website.
An idea whose time has come, eliminating the need for a root brings a long desired element of competition to IANA/ICANN’s monopoly on domain names. The management tools, which are still in development, show the logical flow and ease of use for querying and managing domain names. From the beginning support for non-Latin characters is present fostering the use by non-English speaking cultures.
The tools also show that both DNS and WhoIs queries can also be done via the standard HTTP port 80 or secure HTTPS port 443. The door is now open for clients to use the secure port to remove DNS logging that is now required in many countries.
Non-reputable digital certificates are also part of the design for the rootless domains eliminating another annual expense in addition to true domain ownership.
The technology fosters inventive ways to add additional data to the domain records. One concept on the table is the ability to mark a website as immutable with a secondary signature. This opens the door to data archive sites that can be copied as a whole with confidence in the data attested by a third party.
ShofarDomain is currently seeking ISPs or organizational DNS providers to bring the technology to the table and open the door to a myriad of public or custom enhancements. ShofarDomain is planning on being fully operational by year’s end.