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Meet OARConline 32a Mascot — ELON MASK. Photo used in image is by Abhishek rana on Unsplash

OARConline 32a Workshop Report

Contents1. OARConline 32a at a glance
2. Archives
3. The Proceedings
4. Patronage
5. How
6. Follow Us

OARConline 32a at a glance

238 watched the webinar (274 Registered).. from 42 countries.. representatives from at least 115 organisations.. 74 (31%) were first time attendees at an OARC workshop.. 153 from OARC Member organizations.. 8 from OARC Supporter organizations.. 236 max concurrent views
There were 7 Speakers and 7 Presentations
Distribution of attendees by continent: 42% North America ; 40% Europe ; 8% South America ; 6% Asia ; 4% Oceania
Distribution of attendees by continent: 42% North America ; 40% Europe ; 8% South America ; 6% Asia ; 4% Oceania
Distribution of attendees by continent


We have an archive of presentations and recordings for our meetings.

All the OARConline 32a presentation slides are linked to each of the agenda items at:

OARConline 32a Workshop Agenda

The video recordings will be linked to each agenda item once they are ready to be published.

Each of the talks described below will also link to the page for the particular presentation and on the OARC YouTube channel.

OARConline 32a: Photos of speakers and logos of their organisations
OARConline 32a: Photos of speakers and logos of their organisations
An image used on social media in the run up to OARConline 32a

The Proceedings

DNS-OARC ran its inaugural OARConline workshop on June 9th, 2020. These are designed to be fully online mini workshops lasting a couple of hours.

DNS-OARC President Keith Mitchell (Medium & Diaspora: DualKei) opened the workshop with a few words and welcomed attendees to our first online workshop. This was followed by DNS-OARC Systems Engineer Matthew Pounsett (Twitter: @mpounsett) giving an update about this year’s DITL collection.

Duane Wessels (Twitter: @PacketPusher) from Verisign started the “guest speakers from North America” section and showed how the volume of probe queries from Chrome to detect NXDOMAIN “hijacking” have grown over time and how the query patterns have changed over time, along what this means, in his talk “Intranet Redirect Detector or Pseudo Random Subdomain Attack?

Suzanne Woolf (Twitter: @suzworldwide) discussed PIR’s goals of modernizing the way DNSSEC is deployed in the .ORG zone and how the COVID-19 pandemic forced a dynamic change to the approach in “DNSSEC in ORG with a dash of COVID

Next up, Wes Hardaker (Twitter: @hardaker) from USC’s Information Sciences Institute described the architecture of their DNS test-bed (running in parallel to their infrastructure), their vision for it, what researchers will have available to them when running experiments. “USC/ISI’s DIINER DNS and naming testbed” also highlighted an early test case of the infrastructure comparing the results of running both bind and knot in parallel to serve the root zone.

We then moved to the Southern Hemisphere, for a tale about DNS survival and the fight against the pandemic, narrated by Sebastián Castro (Twitter: @secastro) from InternetNZ in “From lockdown and back: a DNS data story”.

The session ended with Geoff Huston from APNIC looking at recent observations of DNS replays as well as over time with names that include timestamps at the time of generation, in his talk “DNS stalking 2020”.

Each of the talks was followed by a Q&A section, and there was healthy discussion in the Zoom chat throughout the session.

The session ended with an informal Zoom based Social Event —just a quick way for industry colleagues to catch up with each other.


Patronage shows support of the workshops over a period of a calendar year and enables OARC to be more effective in future planning, developing and organising workshops.

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We would like to thank our patron so far in 2020: Verisign (Promoter level).

Anyone interested in becoming a Corporate Patron or even sponsor any of our individual workshops (we now have OARConline specific sponsorship opportunities), please refer to the DNS-OARC Workshop Patronage & Sponsorship document.


OARC workshops have a global audience. So it was decided at an early stage to run different OARConline workshops in various timezones — as no one particular timezone would suit everyone.

Our Programme Committee is also made up of people from various parts of the world, and as online workshops need a smaller crew, they decided on having the inaugural OARConline workshop led by only two of their members from similar timezones. Dave Knight and Jake Zack put themselves forward — both in US Eastern timezone, with PC Chair Shumon Huque (Twitter: @shuque) providing support during the programme planning.

Thus, OARConline 32a was planned to be in a time suitable for US Eastern Timezone, but also suitable for some other timezones.

This was originally planned to start at at 17:00 UTC but as the programme content was taking shape, it became clear we needed to shift the start and end time of the workshop slightly — 2 of the speakers were from Oceania!

Parallel to this, OARC staff Keith Mitchell, Matt Pounsett and Denesh Bhabuta (Twitter: @dbhabuta) started working on the logistics and tech planning.

It was decide to move the workshop by a couple of hours to accommodate them. The new start time being 19:00 UTC [12:00 US Pacific ; 15:00 US Eastern ; 21:00 CEST ; 05:00 AEST (Day + 1) ; 07:00 NZST (Day +1)]

The smaller meeting crew this time around (the aforementioned staff and PC member Ulrich Wisser — Twitter: @wisser — along with the aforementioned PC members) rehearsed and ran the show. A smaller crew because there was no registration desk, or the need to set up a network and AV, nor was there a need for multiple session chairs or mic runners.

We ran two rehearsals. Each one an hour in length. One with the crew, the other with the crew and speakers — and we are thankful to the speakers (and their standbys) for spending their time helping us with this to ensure we had a smooth run on the day itself.

Matthew hosted the Zoom webinar, Keith was co-host, and Denesh was general admin for the session. Dave and Jake were the main session chairs, Q&A monitors and timekeepers. Shumon and Ulrich managed the twitter postings and Denesh managed the Instagram and Facebook postings.

This was definitely a whole new experience for us. We always run a backchannel for meeting operations and this was no different in that respect, except everything was done remotely. The backchannel also had staff members Sue Graves (Twitter: @travelsueg) and Jerry Lundström (Twitter: @lundstromjerry) who were accessing the webinar as standard audience members and keeping us informed of any issues that came up from that point of view from their Internet connections.

We have learned from it and have made our notes on what we can do differently or better in the future.

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