The Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG) is a recently constituted organization whose mission is to bring together technical experts to develop consensus on broadband network management practices. As network management practices have been discussed and debated in policy circles over the last several years, a number of stakeholders in the Internet community saw the need for BITAG as a forum where engineers could discuss the associated technical issues. CDT has been participating in BITAG’s technical working group, and the group’s first Technical Report has just been released on the subject of DNS whitelisting, a technique being deployed by large websites to help smooth the global Internet addressing transition.
As we’ve written about previously, the Internet’s addressing system is undergoing its largest ever transformation. Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is being deployed as a result of the exhaustion of the supply of the older form of addressing, IPv4. Because the transition will take time, most websites and networks will use both address families for many years.
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