Fragments - The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 1, No. 1

The Fragments page is intended to provide you with updates and pointers to information related to Internet technology developments.

The Future of the Domain Name System (DNS)
For more than a year, a debate has taken place regarding the future of the DNS. In particular, the issue of competitive name registries, possible addition of new global Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and the future of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) have been discussed. The US Government has issued a so-called Green Paper entitled "Technical Management of Internet Names and Addresses." The Green Paper and comments received on this document can be found at:

IETF and Related Links
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is responsible for the development of standards for Internet technology. Membership to the IETF is open and you can participate in person or subscribe to the IETF mailing list. The IETF meets three times per year. For a list of future meetings and other IETF information see: On this website you will also find a number of links to organizations which are related to the IETF in one way or another:

The Internet Society (ISOC) and its annual INET conference.

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB)

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)

The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)

If you want to learn about the latest developments on the research side of networking you should check out SIGCOMM, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Communications. You can find out more about the group and their annual conference at:

Send Us Your Comments!
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The Internet Protocol Journal
Ole J. Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher

Editorial Advisory Board
Dr. Vint Cerf, Sr. VP, Internet Architecture and Engineering
MCI Communications, USA

David Farber
The Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Edward R. Kozel, Sr. VP, Corporate Development
Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Peter Löthberg, Network Architect
Stupi AB, Sweden

Dr. Jun Murai, Professor, WIDE Project
Keio University, Japan

Dr. Deepinder Sidhu, Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Director, Maryland Center for Telecommunications Research, USA

Pindar Wong, Chairman and President,
VeriFi Limited, Hong Kong

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