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DNS Root Server System Advisory Committee

The ICANN Bylaws (Article XI, Section 2.3) describe the DNS Root Server System Advisory Committee as follows:

The role of the Root Server System Advisory Committee ("RSSAC") is to advise the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the Internet's Root Server System. It shall have the following responsibilities:

  1. Communicate on matters relating to the operation of the Root Servers and their multiple instances with the Internet technical community and the ICANN community. The Committee shall gather and articulate requirements to offer to those engaged in technical revision of the protocols and best common practices related to the operation of DNS servers.
  2. Communicate on matters relating to the administration of the Root Zone with those who have direct responsibility for that administration. These matters include the processes and procedures for the production of the Root Zone File.
  3. Engage in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Root Server System and recommend any necessary audit activity to assess the current status of root servers and the root zone.
  4. Respond to requests for information or opinions from the ICANN Board of Directors.
  5. Report periodically to the Board on its activities.
  6. Make policy recommendations to the ICANN community and Board.

In its new incarnation, the RSSAC is establishing an Executive Committee to administrate the work of the RSSAC, and a Caucus of DNS and root server system experts which will be responsible for the essential work of the RSSAC. The initial Executive Committee includes representatives of organizations responsible for operating the world's thirteen root nameservers and the organizations responsible for maintenance of the authoritative root zone. The selected co-chairs are Lars-Johan Liman (Netnod, I root), and Jun Murai (WIDE, M root).

Awaiting confirmation from the ICANN Board, the initial RSSAC members who will constitute the Executive Committee are:

Root Server Operator (RSO)-A and J: Verisign, Brad Verd
RSO-B: USC/ISI, Bill Manning
RSO-C: Cogent, Paul Vixie
RSO-D: UMD, Tim Shortall
RSO-E: NASA, David Swager
RSO-F: ISC, Suzanne Woolf
RSO-G: DOD, Jim Cassel
RSO-H: ARL, Howard Cash
RSO-I: Netnod, Lars-Johan Liman
RSO-K: RIPE, Daniel Karrenberg
RSO-L: ICANN, John Crain
RSO-M: WIDE, Jun Murai

The root zone maintainers will also participate in the Executive Committee, and will be submitted for confirmation to the ICANN Board at a later time. Other RSSAC members will also be submitted for confirmation as the RSSAC formalizes its processes and procedures.

IANA Functions Administrator: NTIA, fulfilled by a member of NTIA staff IANA Functions Operator:

IANA, Elise Gerich
Root Zone Maintainer: Verisign, Duane Wessels

The RSSAC Executive Committee holds periodic telephone meetings and meets three times a year in person divided between IETF meetings and ICANN meetings.

Meetings of RSSAC Executive Committee (notes of minutes are linked where available)


Notes of meetings are linked where available.
MEETINGS IN 2014
Exec ICANN 50, Singapore 25 March 2014
Exec Telephonic 14 March 2014
MEETINGS IN 2013
Exec Telephonic 10 December 2013
Exec IETF 88, Vancouver 3 November 2013
Exec IETF 87, Berlin 28 July 2013
Exec Telephonic 25 June 2013
Exec Telephonic 4 June 2013
45 Orlando, Florida  
MEETINGS IN 2012
44 Atlanta, Georgia  
43 Vancouver, Canada  
42 Paris, France March 25 - 30, 2012
MEETINGS IN 2011
40 Quebec City, Canada July 24 - 29, 2011
39 San Francisco, California March 13 - 18, 2011
MEETINGS IN 2010
38 Beijing China November 7-12, 2010
37 Maastricht, Netherlands July 25-30, 2010
36 Anaheim, CA, USA March 21-26, 2010
MEETINGS IN 2009
35 Hiroshima 08 November 2009
34 Stockholm 26 July 2009
33 San Franscico 22 March 2009
MEETINGS IN 2008
32 MPLS 16 November 2008
31 Dublin 27 July 2008
30 Philadelphia 09 March 2008
MEETINGS IN 2007
29 Vancouver 02 December 2007
28 Chicago 22 July 2007
27 Prague 18 March 2007
MEETINGS IN 2006
26 San Diego 05 November 2006
25 Montreal 08 July 2006
24 Dallas 10 Mar 2006
MEETINGS IN 2005
23 Vancouver 06 November 2005
22 Paris 31 July 2005
21 Minneapolis, Minnesota 06 March 2005
MEETINGS IN 2004
20 Washington DC 07 November 2004
19 San Diego 01 August 2004
18 Rome/Seoul telecon 29 February 2004
MEETINGS IN 2003
17 Minneapolis, MN, USA 09 November 2003
16 Wien, Austria 13 July 2003
15 San Francisco, CA, USA 24 March 2003
MEETINGS IN 2002
14 Atlanta, Georgia, USA 16 November 2002
13 Yokohama, Japan 14 July 2002
12 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 17 March 2002
MEETINGS IN 2001
11 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA 09 December 2001
10 London, England 05 August 2001
9 Minneapolis, MN, USA 18 March 2001
MEETINGS IN 2000
8 San Diego, CA, USA 13 December 2000
7 Pittsburgh, PA, USA 31 July 2000
6 Adelaide, Australia 27 March 2000
MEETINGS IN 1999
5 Washington, DC, USA 9 November 1999
4 Oslo, Norway 12 July 1999
3 (no formal mtg) San Jose, CA, USA 21 June 1999
2 Minneapolis, MN, USA 16 March 1999
1 Singapore 2 March 1999

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