Quietly and without fanfare, a small group of powerful technology companies in Silicon Valley have insinuated themselves into the Domain Name System (DNS) resolution path, simply by providing a free service and waiting for the inevitable madness of crowds to drive traffic to that service. Since almost all Internet activities begin with a DNS transaction, this provides dangerous insight to non-contracted parties who have no limits to their use of our data. In this lecture, Dr. Vixie explains the basic technology involved, and the history of the last 15 years of surveillance capitalism's DNS agenda. The recent DNS Over HTTPS (DOH) standard will be described, and recommendations will be made for individuals, families, and businesses as to restoring and retaining control over their digital exhaust.
About Dr. Paul Vixie:
Dr. Vixie (Ph.D., Keio University) is a key pioneer and innovator in forming the technical underpinnings and consensus policy of the Internet. Since 1980, Dr. Vixie has shaped internet protocols and UNIX systems as a protocol designer and software architect. He has led the development BIND (the most widely used DNS software) and was the primary author and technical architect of BIND 8. He started the first anti-spam company and started Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX), the first neutral commercial Internet exchange. He has authored or co-authored at least a dozen RFCs, mainly focusing on DNS and related topics. He served as President, Chairman, and Founder of Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), as President of MAPS, PAIX and MIBH, as CTO of Abovenet/MFN, and on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies. He served on the ARIN Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2013 and as Chairman in 2008 and 2009. Dr. Vixie is a founding member of ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) and ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).
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