What DNS Is Not

“DNS (Domain Name System) is a hierarchical, distributed,
autonomous, reliable database. The first and only of its kind, it
offers realtime performance levels to a global audience with global
contributors. Every TCP/IP traffic flow including every World Wide
Web page view begins with at least one DNS transaction. DNS is, in
a word, glorious.

“To underline our understanding of what DNS is, we must
differentiate it from what it is not. The Internet economy rewards
unlimited creativity in the monetization of human action, and
fairly often this takes the form of some kind of intermediation.
For DNS, monetized intermediation means lying. The innovators who
bring us such monetized intermediation do not call what they sell
“lies,” but in this case it walks like a duck and quacks like one,

“Not all misuses of DNS take the form of lying. Another
frequently seen abuse is to treat DNS as a directory system, which
it is not. In a directory system one can ask approximate questions
and get approximate answers. Think of a printed telephone white
pages directory here: users often find what they want in the
printed directory not by knowing exactly what the listing is but by
starting with a guess or a general idea. DNS has nothing like that:
all questions and all answers are exact.”


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