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From: Martin Schanzenbach
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:11:18 +0000
Subject: NGI Zero Entrust: "GNS to DNS Migration and Zone Management"

We are happy to announce that we have successfully aquired funding for further 
GNS development and polishing!

The GNU Name System specification is in its final stages [0]. Migration paths 
and large-scale testing as well as generating interest in running GNS zones and 
registrars is the next logical step. Hence, this project aims to

 1. Facilitate the management of GNS zones by administrators.
 2. Provide users with means to resolve real-world names by (partially) 
mirroring the DNS root zone.

Ad 1.: To ease adoption, a framework for GNS registrars will be developed for 
zone management. The registrar framework will allow GNS zone administrators to 
provide a web-interface for subdomain registration by other users. The services 
may also be provided for a fee similar to how DNS domain registrars operate to 
cover running costs. The framework is envisioned to support integration of 
privacy-friendly payments with GNU Taler [1].

Ad 2.:We are already hosting and shipping a zone for as part of our 
GNS implementation.
To demonstrate how existing DNS registrars could migrate zones from DNS to GNS 
we plan to run multiple GNS zones ourselves which contain the zone information 
from real-world DNS top-level domains.
This will also show how GNS can be used to secure the existing DNS namespace 
from censorship and outages when used in parallel.
A selection of existing top-level domains for which open data exists [2] will 
be hosted and served through GNS in order to facilitate the daily use of the 
name system.
We are are planning to integrate at least three DNS zones and publish them 
through GNS for users to resolve in a default GNUnet installation.

This work is generously funded by NLnet as part of their NGI Zero Entrust 
Programme [3].


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