ICANN's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is tasked with the formidable mission: to help improve the technical posture of ICANN in the world. As part of this mission, the OCTO team creates and publishes a portfolio of research papers and technical briefings intended for our diverse technical community.
Technical Briefings and White Papers
We have created a centralized location for you to access all of our publications in one place, here. The goal of these publications is to educate the reader on a topic and answer some basic questions: What is the technology? How does it work? Why is it important? The publications also provide a concise assessment of the impact that a technology may have on the ICANN community or its importance in fulfilling ICANN’s mission.
Recent examples of technical briefings include:
Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC): Securing the DNS
Brief Overview of the Root Server System
We also create white papers, which are intended to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision. These papers fall into a few categories including impact assessments, formal measurements, or formal research outcomes. These research products explain complex issues related to the functioning of the Internet (operational studies), the development of innovations (technical concepts), or new and potentially disruptive technologies (technical trends).
Recent examples of White Papers include:
Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) Technical Analysis
Analysis of the Effects of COVID-19-Related Lockdowns on ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) Traffic
Local and Internet Policy Implications of Encrypted DNS
Events and Activity Reports
In order to monitor and act on evolutions in technology or emerging issues, the OCTO team attends and contributes to several global events each year. We publish key takeaways from these engagements in reports that inform ICANN's global technical community and its diverse constituencies. We are striving to improve how the OCTO team engages with and supports you.
Some examples of event and activity reports include:
IETF Year in Review for 2019
Security in the Spotlight: A Recap of IDS 2019
Review of the 2018 DNSSEC KSK Rollover
ICANN serves a global community. To improve participation, we make much of our content accessible in the six United Nations languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. We also support translations into other languages as needed.
We have more materials and papers that will be published in the coming months. We invite you to explore these resources on our dedicated web page and, if you have any questions, email us at email@example.com.