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11-03-2006

Clarkson Alumnus Russell Nelson to Discuss Domain Name System

Clarkson University Alumnus Russell Nelson of Potsdam will host a discussion on the "Politics and Technology of the Domain Name System" on Wednesday, November 8, at 6 p.m. in Science Center Room 334 (the Internet Teaching Lab) on the Clarkson campus.

The Domain Name System (DNS) turns a hostname like clarkson.edu into an IP address like 128.153.5.250. It is an important service that has been abused by people trying to turn it into a marketing mechanism or a trademark lookup system -- anything but a system of symbolic names for hosts. Nelson will also describe how the domain name system functions in a world of millions of hosts and billions of addresses.

Russell Nelson graduated from Clarkson in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and received a master of science in electrical engineering in 1981. He is the author of two Internet Standards (RFCs). Nelson is currently a board member at the Open Source Initiative, and the executive director of the Public Software Fund.

For more information, please contact Jeanna Matthews at 315-268-6288.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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