Jonathan Bruce Postel (August 6, 1943 – October 16, 1998) made many significant contributions to the creation of the Internet, particularly in the area of standards. The Economist dubbed him the "God" of the Internet, and many still refer to him as the network's principal founder. He is largely known for being the Editor of the RFC document series, and for managing the creation and allocation of Top Level Domains and IP Addresses in the pre-ICANN era. When he passed away he was the Director of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute's Computer Network Division; he led a staff of 70. He pioneered many initiatives, which led to creation of the modern Internet and its governing body, ICANN; he established IANA, ICANN's precursor and the current Internet numbering authority.
A Name Collision describes the circumstance in which a term attempting to reach a private Domain Name results in resolving to a public Domain Name unintentionally. Private domain names are used in Intranets and in many corporations and organizations throughout the world. A domain name on a private network that matches a name in the public Internet can create security risks, confusion, and systems failure. Although the Name Collision issue is not new, a renewed interest in the issue came about in 2013 as ICANN's New gTLD Program was preparing to delegate hundreds of new domain names to the Root Zone. The topic was debated fiercely within the ICANN community when a report by Interisle Consulting was prepared for and released by ICANN.
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