DNS Abuse – the consequences of definitions – Pre 03 2022

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20 June 2022 | 11:15 - 12:45 CEST | FabLab / Fibonacci | Video recording
Consolidated programme 2022 overview / Day 0

Session teaser

In recent years, internet governance communities have been debating how to define 'DNS Abuse'. The issue remains contested, and consensus seems elusive. But why does it matter how you define the term? What are the consequences for the different stakeholders? Where is the common ground between the various viewpoints? Join this session to find out.

Session description

This round table discussion will bring together diverse stakeholder voices to debate the consequences of a definition: DNS Abuse.

The DNS industry defines the term narrowly, drawing bright lines between the technical function of the DNS and issues relating to online content. The Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network has produced an influential toolkit for report handling, which provides practical guidance for DNS registries, registrars, hosting providers and reporters of abuse.

In January 2022, the European Commission published a report by the Fasano Paulovics law firm and the University of Grenoble, which defined DNS Abuse broadly, as "any activity that makes use of domain names or the DNS protocol to carry out harmful or illegal activity." The report contained detailed empirical evidence, and made recommendations for policy makers and industry.

The session will hear from advocates of the various definitions of DNS Abuse, and through structured discussion, identify critiques and consequences of the differing approaches, and explore areas of common ground for future actions.


The session will be held online only, allowing for inclusive participation and debate. There will be up to 3 introductory speakers, and a moderated discussion among all participants.

Further reading


Session organisers:

  • Emily Taylor, CEO, Oxford Information Labs.
  • Carolina Caeiro, Senior Policy and Governance Specialist, Oxford Information Labs.
  • Regina Fuchsová, Regional Manager Central Europe, EURid.


  • Emily Taylor, CEO, Oxford Information Labs.

Key participants:

  • Peter Van Roste, General Manager, CENTR.
  • Lisa-Maria Neudert, Doctoral Candidate, Oxford Internet Institute. Fellow, Weizenbaum Institut.
  • Jeffrey Bedser, Executive Chair, iThreat.
  • Sameh Mannai, Data Scientist, EURid.
  • Gemma Carolillo, Acting Head of Unit, Next Generation Internet, European Commission.