Paul Hoffman

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Paul E. Hoffman is a Principal Technologist at ICANN, starting there in July 2015. He works in the technical end of the DNS, developing standards and associated documents.

He is the author or co-author of many DNS-related RFCs from the IETF, particular in the areas of IDNs and DNSSEC. These include:

  • RFC 6927 about variants in second-level names registered in TLDs

His ICANN work includes helping prepare "Name Collision Identification and Mitigation for IT Professionals".

He is also the originator and editor of the getdns specification, which is a modern application program interface (API) for the DNS. Verisign is sponsoring an implementation of that API.

He was also the director of the VPN Consortium from 1999 through 2014.