Paul Mockapetris (born November 18, 1948 in Boston ) is an American computer scientist . In 1983 he designed the Domain Name System (DNS), the main features of which are laid down in RFCs 882 and 883. In doing so, he ensured the replacement of the error-prone hosts file on individual systems by a distributed and dynamic system that enables comfortable handling of Internet addresses, which is still used today.
From 1994 to 1996, Mockapetris was chairman of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) after leading several working groups at the IETF. In 1999 he took a position at the newly founded company Nominum, which develops DNS solutions for large telecommunications companies. Later he was chairman and chief scientist there.
In 2009 Mockapetris and Nominum came under public criticism when it became known that Nominum implemented the technology for the so-called Access Difficulty Act in Germany by means of DNS redirects.
Mockapetris was awarded the ACM Software System Award 2019.
- Paul Mockapetris, RFC882: "DOMAIN NAMES - CONCEPTS and FACILITIES" Internet Engineering Task Force, November 1983; accessed on August 11, 2018
- Paul Mockapetris, RFC883: "DOMAIN NAMES - IMPLEMENTATION and SPECIFICATION" Internet Engineering Task Force, November 1983; accessed on August 11, 2018
- InterNetX GmbH: 35 years of DNS: Interview with inventor Paul Mockapetris . Retrieved March 5, 2019.
- ZDNet.de: DNS inventor Paul Mockapetris implements internet censorship in Germany
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American inventor of the Domain Name System (DNS)|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 18, 1948|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Boston|