Thank you for your interest in joining the Domain Assurance Council (DAC).
The DAC is in its first year of existence, and looks forward to serving
its members and the greater Internet community in the coming years.
The Domain Assurance Council is the central source for
organizations that vouch for the owners of domain
names, for the types of email services that domain owners use, and
for those owners' conformance to good principles and good practice in those email services.
As a stable, vendor-neutral body,
DAC will help its members by supporting the market as a whole and
focusing the market's development for the benefit of both its
members and Internet mail users.
The Council's value propositions to its members include:
A centralized location where potential customers can see who is in the
industry and get descriptions of each member's products
An authoritative organization who publishes best-practices documents to
which members can voluntarily adhere
Technical leadership in creating and implementing standards that are
useful to its members, such as DKIM extensions for mail certifiers
and reputation services
Interoperability testing coordination for protocols that affect
DAC's mission, such as DKIM
Vendor-neutral association leadership who can talk to the press about
industry-wide issues and can promote the industry at conferences
DAC intends to have occasional planning meetings, co-located with relevant
industry meetings such as the IETF or MAAWG.
All members are identified by category on the Council's web site,
with an organization logo and link to the member's web site.
The DAC membership list will be looked to as defining the significant
companies in the domain certification and mail reputation markets.
All members receive the Council's quarterly newsletter.
Members may submit appropriate items for
inclusion in newsletters.
All members who joined by July 2006 are noted as Founding members
in addition to their membership category.
DAC is recognized by the IRS as a 510(c)(6) non-profit organization.
The Domain Assurance Council offers several categories of membership:
Organizations that do mail sender certification and/or sender reputation
Organizations that send certified mail
(typically clients of one or more Full members)
Organizations that provide technology that
supports mail certification and reputation.
This includes mail server and client software, domain registries and
registrars, and other mail-related software and services.
Organizations that use mail certification to process their incoming mail
The DAC's membership consists of four overlapping sets of
organizations. Mail certification organizations assure recipients that the
senders' mail should be considered
legitimate. Mail technology companies, such as vendors of email clients and
enterprise-level SMTP servers, and Internet domain registries and registrars
incorporate the technologies for this type of
domain assurance. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) often will use the
services of the certification organizations to help their customers
understand the origin of their mail. And, of course, senders who want to
show that they are following good Internet mail practices will want to work
within the domain assurance framework used by the other DAC members. All
four types of companies need an organization like the DAC.
members direct the work of the Council.
In consultation with the Council's leadership, they decide on the
activities that the Council will undertake, and review standards and other
documents that the Council creates during the development process.
They may register proprietary message category names.
members have early access to the Council's standards and documents,
and may submit comments that will affect the final material.
They may register proprietary message category names, so long as at
least one Full member concurs.
Your Next Step
Consult the list above
to determine which class of membership would be most appropriate
for your organization.
Then, fill out
the DAC membership form
and mail it (along with payment for the first years' dues)
to DAC at:
Domain Assurance Council
Post Office Box 727
Trumansburg, NY 14886
If you have any questions, please contact John Levine
or by telephone at +1 607-233-4182.