IGF 2023 DC-DNSI Closing the Governance Gaps: New Paradigms for a Safer DNS

Monday, 9th October, 2023 (08:00 UTC) - Monday, 9th October, 2023 (09:30 UTC)
Room I

Dynamic Coalition on DNS Issues

Round Table - 90 Min


Harmonising Global Digital Infrastructure


The role the DNS plays in keeping the Internet safe is receiving increased attention. From evolving regulatory frameworks in Europe to the emergence of voluntary, industry-led responses to combat DNS-related online threats, multiple stakeholders are actively exploring ways to mitigate DNS-related online harms. In spite of these ongoing developments, clear governance gaps still remain and new ones are emerging. Responding to content related issues that exploit the DNS fails to receive adequate, coordinated response from stakeholders involved in the DNS value chain, and others more directly connected with Internet content - such as hosting companies, managed service providers and hyper-scale platforms. Emerging technologies are adding yet more governance gaps. For example, non-DNS namespaces, such as blockchain domains, risk introducing new vulnerabilities and undermine the ability of the DNS community to respond to threats. The present session seeks to evolve an ongoing conversation by members of the Dynamic Coalition and will be open to all attendees of the multistakeholder IGF. The goal of the discussion is to identify governance gaps and explore concrete actions needed to bridge those gaps from across the Internet ecosystem. The session will be split into two segments. The first will outline dimensions of existing governance gaps, and current limitations in responding to DNS related online threats and harms. The second segment will consider proposals for achieving renewed cooperation for multistakeholder responses, and actions required going forward.

The session will have a combination of online and onsite speakers to encourage participants in both spaces to actively engage in the discussion during the session. The DC-DNSI will additionally promote the activity between coalition members and its associated community to line up additional event participants –beyond the speakers– interested in contributing actively to the discussion; such level of engagement is expected to encourage the participation of other attendees that join the session. To encourage a fluent articulation between onsite and online participants, people in the room will be asked to join the virtual room. The online moderator will encourage online participants to join the discussion, and help the onsite moderator bring into the conversation those who request the floor online. The session will be divided into two segments, opening with firestarter remarks by one or two speakers at a time, and then diving straight into the discussion of each proposed topic prior to moving on to the following segment. The three segments will open up with a one question posed to participants –using an online tool for audience interaction such as Slido– to encourage engagement in the discussion among both online and in-person attendees.


Carolina Caeiro, DNS Research Federation, GRULAC Nikolis Smith, Verisign, WEOG Emily Taylor, DNS Research Federation, WEOG


The session has 5 confirmed speakers: 1. Jennifer Chung, Director of Corporate Knowledge, DotAsia, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific. 2. Mark Hughes, President of Security for DXC Technology, Private Sector, WEOG 3. Rocio de la Fuente, General Manager for LACTLD, Technical Community, GRULAC. 4. Keith Drazek, VP of Policy & Government Relations at VeriSign, Private Sector, WEOG. 5. Fiona Alexander, Distinguished Policy Strategist and Fellow at Internet Governance Lab at American University, Academia, WEOG. In addition, the organizers are in conversation with colleagues from ICANN and the European Commission to confirm two additional stakeholders.

Onsite Moderator

Emily Taylor, Oxford Information Labs, Private Sector, WEOG

Online Moderator

Carolina Caeiro, DNS Research Federation, GRULAC


Nikolis Smith, Verisign, WEOG



Targets: The proposal links to SDG 9.1 in that responding to DNS-related cyber threats is essential to the development of a transborder Internet infrastructure that supports economic development and human well-being. The conversation also links to SDG 17.6 in that the roundtable discussion seeks to encourage a global exchange about the type of multistakeholder collaborations required to address DNS-related online threats and harms, promoting international cooperation and strong institutions across stakeholder groups involved in the DNS.