The Domain Assurance Council (DAC) was formed in July 2006 to simplify
organizations' access to certification and reputation
services. DAC is dedicated to eliminating the confusion and complexity of
disparate solution providers by providing a common way to publish
information. Organizations that benefit from the DAC initiatives include
vouch for the owners of domain names,
vouch for the types of email services that domain owners use, and
vouch for those owners' conformance to good principles and good reputation in those email services.
DAC is actively working on a standard method for DAC's members to
provide certification information for email so that receivers can be assured
that the company or organization that says it is sending the mail is in fact responsible
for that mail.
A follow-on effort will provide common ways to publish more complex
By forming a cross-industry coalition of interested parties,
DAC also hopes to:
Promote the transition to domain level identity from the current IP
based effort, and
Further catalyze the adoption of DKIM.
the protocol overview
for more information on this standard and on DAC's plans for testing
both DKIM in general and the new standard in specific.
The Council's management team consists of John Levine and Paul
John has been active in anti-spam activities since 1996 and in
the Internet engineering community since about 2001.
He owns and operates a small
network near Ithaca, New York, providing web hosting, e-mail,
and other Internet services.
He is the chair of the IRTF's Anti-Spam Research Group, participated in the
MARID group, and is an active
participant in the the IETF's DKIM Working Group. He is also
active in ICANN as one of three North American representatives
on the At-Large Advisory Committee.
Paul has been active in the the Internet engineering community since
1994. He was director of the Internet Mail Consortium from 1996 to
2002, and has been the director of the VPN Consortium since 1999. He
has been active in Internet standards development organizations
since 1994, particularly in the IETF. He is currently the co-chair
of the Atompub Working Group, and has previously been chair or
co-chair of many Working Groups in the Applications and Security
areas. He is the author or co-author of over a dozen standards-track
RFCs, informational RFCs, and BCPs on topics including Internet
mail, IPsec, cryptography, internationalized domain names,
internationalization in general, and IETF processes. He has also
been active in the Unicode Consortium since 2000 and intermittently
active in ICANN since its inception.
The Domain Assurance Council
Post Office Box 727
Trumansburg NY 14886 USA
+1 607 233 4182