osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

And people wonder why the world doesn't trust us to run the DNS root

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the Treausry is charged with enforcing our rules about not doing commerce with certain countries. Apparently, OFAC has now started applying this to US-based internet registrars.

What is more interesting is what happens when they start applying it to US-based DNS registries. That includes not merely .com, .org and .net (and .biz and .name), but potentially all country code top level domains (CCTLDs) that are stored in the A Root. The A Root is maintained by Verisign (a U.S.-based contractor) and is generally managed by the IANA, a U.S. contractor.

I do not think we are making the rest of the world very comfortable with us.

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