ICANN President: More than 75 percent of the top-level domains have implemented DNSSEC

Fadi Chehade, ICANN President and CEO, attended the 2014 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, east China's Zhejiang province. He joined an interview with GMW.cn and gave his view about Internet development.

GMW.cn: Hi Mr Chehade, thank you very much for doing this with Guangming Online. It’s our great pleasure to have you here. So we are ready looking forward to what you are going to share with us tonight. So let’s just move on to the interview and here is my first question. As the CEO of ICANN, how will delegating IANA stewardship to the global Internet Community influence the openness and fairness of global Internet in your perspective?

Chehade: I think the decision by the United States government to end its unique role in the work of ICANN is a very important decision. Because it signals the US government now sees ICANN as a mature organization that is ready to manage its affairs with the global stakeholders engaged.

I think it is working well. The community is preparing the proposal and the proposal has to meet the requirements of the United States before they make ICANN independent.

Today I stand confident that the community will come back with very good proposal so that we can present to the United States government and make ICANN independent.

Independent is important. Because ICANN has advanced and matured, and it is now ready to be at the service of the whole world.

So all countries and all stakeholders, all provide sectors, users can participated in ICANN and feel that they have equal level of participation and an equal access to ICANN’s work.

GMW.cn: OK thank you very much. Up to now, how are things going with the implementation of DNSSEC initiated by ICANN? What about the implementation of RPKI?

Chehade: I think the implementation is moving forward rather well under DNSSEC. Today more than 75 percent of the top-level domains have implemented DNSSEC, and that’s a very important mark. Because we were not there few years ago, and we’ve been advancing. Also the country-code top-level domains including .cn has now signed their top-level domains with the DNSSEC protocol, which insures that we got reduce the level of abuse that is happening.

RPKI is the same thing, but for the routing part. So it introduces the routing abuse, but we are advancing. And I hope that we can bypass the 75 percent top level domains and the 40 percent of the country-code as we continue to implement the sectivities in the days of the month head.

GMW.cn: Thank you! How will the full implementation of these two projects benefit global use security and the construction of credible Internet? Will public security projects hurt private antivirus industry?

Chehade: So look. Public security of the Internet will reduce overall abuse. And I think that’s something we all want. Because if abuse of the DNSSEC and routing mechanisms continues inundate or if we don’t implement RPKI in DNSSEC, I think we will find out ourselves with a deduction under trust in thesecurity of the Domain Name System. We do not want the domain name system to be vulnerable. We want it to be a secure layer in the Internet stack. The more security is the more people will participate and trust the system. The less we implement DNSSEC at our RPKI, the more they likely hold abuse fishing and other activities will continue and this harm the internet and harm our trustnet.

GMW.cn: Thank you. The United States has always preseded in the Internet development. In terms of combating Internet crime, information theft and terrorism, what should the United States do to take its share of the responsibility?

Chehade: Look. The United States and every government and every institution and organization in the world need to play their part in reducing the threats and negative activities on the internet.

I think the United States government is investing heavily in supporting many standards to bodies to ITU, the IETF, ICANN and other places so that we insure that these cyber security standed our support and our promulgated, our distributed across the world. So I think everyone is playing their part with quite a bit of focus and investment right now.

But I can’t put all the burden on one government. Because the responsibility to deploy cyber security is not only on one government, it’s also on the private sector, and sometimes on the users, knowing what they are doing and who they are visiting and how they are keeping their access point to the Internet safe and secure. All of us share the responsibility for the security of the Internet.

GMW.cn: Thank you for this. On ICANN(Beijing) meeting in 2013, my collegue Mr. Shen Yang put it forward to you to resume Chinese news links on the official website of ICANN in order to enhance the communication between Chinese communities and the world. You agreed on this. How far along are we with this work?

Chehade: We are doing quite well on this work. We also need to emphasize that since then we have opened engagement center in China. We have stuff here in China. And they are working with China community to enhance the linkage not just to news and information of ICANN but also to enhance the localization of ICANN’s content for the Chinese community. I will work, for example in partnership with CATR, the institute that is a part of MIIT, is very important, because that is work that is helping us bring the content and knowledge of ICANN in the local way that can be consumed by Chinese community.

We will commit to China, we will commit to the community and we need to do more and more to ensure that we are not just sending information to China, but we are also listening to China, and bring knowledge and information about great progress in China on the internet to the rest of the world.

By Zheng Yi & Zhou Yueqin, From GMW.cn (Guangming Online)

Shen Yang also contribute to the story

Fadi Chehade
ICANN President and CEO

He joined an interview with GMW.cn and gave his view about Internet development during the 2014 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, east China's Zhejiang province, in November.More>>

  • "We are not just sending information to China, but we are also listening to China, and bring knowledge and information about great progress in China on the internet to the rest of the world."
  • "Today more than 75 percent of the top-level domains have implemented DNSSEC, and that’s a very important mark."
  • "The responsibility to deploy cyber security is not only on one government, it’s also on the private sector, and sometimes on the users, knowing what they are doing and who they are visiting and how they are keeping their access point to the Internet safe and secure. All of us share the responsibility"
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