Simon Higgs is one of the leading experts on DNS and the introduction of new top level domains. He invented the role of the stealth server now used to protect the root zone, founded the Shared-TLD Mailing List (which defined the Registry/Registrar relationship), was the first TLD applicant under Draft-Postel, and published Expression of Interest #5. He was also a co-founder and root server operator for the Open Root Server Confederation (ORSC). He has authored the following Internet Drafts:
- Top Level Domain Classification and Categorization
The Top Level Domain Classification and Categorization draft was written
with consultation from Jon
Postel of the Internet
Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
and was part of the "Draft
Postel" process for the introduction of new TLDs
in 1996. It was intended to replace RFC1591. The Internet Engineering
Steering Group (IESG)
discussed the July 1996 version of the draft on August
8, 1996 and it was subsequently presented to the Internet
Engineering Task Force's (IETF) "newdom" Working Group
at the San Jose meeting in December 1996. Unfortunately, by that
time, the new TLD creation process had been hi-jacked away from
Jon Postel under the guise of the International
Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC).
- Existing TLD Applications
The formal response to the
IAHC's decision to throw away the work and process
of Draft Postel. It's warning was not heeded and the ID successfully predicted the intervention by the US Government to dismantle
the IAHC's gTLD-MOU via
the Green & White papers.
- Root Server Definitions
What should be in a root zone in order to keep the packets flowing in light of RFC2826.
- Alternative Roots and the Virtual Inclusive Root
Essentially an exercise in cat-herding to achieve an inclusive master set of TLDs.
- Root Fix for the .US Top Level Domain
The .US TLD was foobarred by the introduction of a duplicate .BIZ TLD and the subsequent manipulation of the name server records. These DNS records (along with .COM/.NET) still have the same underlying vulnerability that made it so easy for a typo to take out the .SE TLD so quickly. We made a patch to keep the .US TLD visible as no-one was listening.
- Applying Game Theory To The Domain Name Root System
Applying the Nash Equilibrium to alternative roots came up with some interesting results.