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The Internet's Greatest Invention Celebrates 25 Years

Inventor Paul Mockapetris Keynotes Commemorative Event Hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute and Afilias, Reflects on Past, Present and Future of Domain Name System

Redwood City, Calif. – January 29, 2008 – Nominum, the leading provider of network naming and addressing technologies, and Afilias, the world's second largest provider of domain name registry services, announced today that Paul Mockapetris, chairman and chief scientist, Nominum, was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute and Afilias. The event was held on January 28 at the Royal Society in London to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the invention of the Domain Name System (DNS). Credited with inventing DNS in June 1983, Paul will share his thoughts on the technology, how it came to be, its impact on the Internet and where it is headed in the years to come.

What started as a small project that few thought would be such an important aspect in communication, the DNS is now part of the underlying infrastructure of the Internet. Invented by Paul Mockapetris, the protocol and naming system offer an alternative to typing the numerical IP addresses for domain names. When someone wants to access and update their MySpace profile, users type into their browser instead of a numeric IP number such as Besides making it easy to surf the net and eliminating the need to remember a numerical sequence for every Web site you visit, DNS also helps route mail, balances load across multiple servers, and offers a growing list of new tasks, such as supporting VOIP phone calls, suppressing spam, supporting social networking and information sharing.

"The DNS is the database for Internet communication technology and with billions of people using it everyday and millions of companies and organizations with registered domain names, the technology is ubiquitous in the developed world, spreading around the globe, and has given us the flexibility to change the way we communicate," said Paul Mockapetris, chairman and chief scientist at Nominum. "As more people come online they need rapid, intuitive and safe DNS services that don't require technical expertise."

One of the greatest achievements of the DNS is its flexibility to adjust to the world's changing needs. When the DNS was created, eight years before the introduction of the World Wide Web, a few hundred machines were connected to the Internet. Today more than 130 million are connected, and this number is expected to grow substantially as the majority of the world's population goes online. Without a simplified naming scheme like DNS today's Internet would not exist.

As the Internet continues to evolve and grow exponentially, security will continue to be a key concern for governments, businesses and consumers. For information about securing large networks reliant on DNS and DHCP-communications, please visit

Further event information can be found at: A video commemorating the 25th anniversary of the invention of the DNS can be viewed at:

About Nominum

Nominum's network naming and addressing solutions power the world's largest always-on networks. Nominum is a global provider of ENUM-based IP-Application Routing Directory, DNS and DHCP solutions that enable communication providers to deliver high quality always-on broadband internet and innovative services to their customers, including VoIP, push to talk, fixed-mobile convergence, IPTV and triple-play. For further information, visit

About Afilias

Afilias provides global registry services that leverage proven technology to deliver fast, reliable and secure service. Afilias technology supports a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registries such as .INFO, .ORG, .aero, .mobi, .asia, and many country code domains. Afilias also provides services in the RFID market with its Afilias Discovery Service, which enables real-time lookup of event histories across RFID networks. Afilias maintains international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, sales offices in London, England, sales and operational facilities in Toronto, administrative offices in the U.S. near Philadelphia, PA, and operational offices in New Delhi, India.