Internet Governance Activities

ISC staff contribute to various Internet governance and community initiatives.


OARC is the DNS Operations Analysis and Research Center which “brings together key operators, implementors, and researchers on a trusted platform so they can coordinate responses to attacks and other concerns, share information and learn together”. In particular, OARC hosts a number of DNS-related meetings and workshops of interest to ISC. It also has a support role in general DNS operations – measuring the performance and load of key nameservers and publishing the results, providing analysis of DNS performance and post-mortems of attacks, and developing tools for DNS analysis.

ISC was instrumental in setting up OARC and is a “Silver” member.

Ondřej Surý is on the Board of Directors and Ray Bellis is chair of the Program Committee.


Fred Baker and Jeff Osborn are members of the ICANN Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), which is the formal body that advises the ICANN board on issues surrounding the DNS Root. It is made up of a representative of each of the Root Server Operators, the IANA Functions Operator, the Root Zone Administrator, the Root Zone Maintainer, and Liaisons to SSAC, the IAB and the ICANN Board. Each of these has an alternate.

ISC participates as the Root Server Operator for F-Root. RSSAC meets in person at ICANN meetings and frequently via teleconference.


ISC staff have contributed to IETF for years. We have written numerous IETF drafts, and reviewed many others. Currently, ISC staff also have the following leadership roles.

  • Ray Bellis: co-chair, Homenet working group
  • Tomasz Mrugalski: co-chair, DHC working group


The Internet Society promotes the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.The work is mainly focused on influencing policy and education. ISOC are the umbrella organisation for the IETF.  ISC is a Bronze member of ISOC. Jeff Osborn represents ISC on the Internet Society Organization Members Advisory Council.


NANOG is the North American Network Operators Group. NANOG holds two large networking conferences a year, plus a series of smaller, free ‘Nanog on the Road’ training events.  Eddy Winstead has been volunteering as a presenter and trainer on DNS and BIND and is now serving on the Nanog On The Road Committee.


ISC is a member of the Open Source Initiative. OSI is an industry group promoting open source and the interests of open source publishers.


Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE, French for “European IP Networks”) is the RIR responsible for Europe and the Middle-East. They also host a network operators meeting twice a year that brings together much of the European networking community.

ISC is a paying member of RIPE. We also participate in various RIPE projects, such as the ATLAS project, hosting equipment in Palo Alto. RIPE is also a RSO peer, as they operate K-Root.

Ondřej Surý is on the RIPE program committee.


UKNOF is the UK Network Operators Forum, originally the brainchild of Keith Mitchell. Its mission is ‘Sharing of Clue’ between all those involved in (or loosely involved in) networking, peering etc.. It has three annual 1-1.5 day meetings for this purpose, and has significantly increased in attendance and sponsorship since it first started.

ISC originally supported UKNOF by donating Keith’s time, and continues to do so by donating Cathy Almond’s time to serve on the Programme Committee, as well as via Stephen Morris’s seat on the Advisory Committee.

Last modified: May 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm