CZ.NIC Labs expand to Brno and plan university collaboration

Brno, 23 September 2010 – The CZ.NIC Association, administrator of the .CZ Czech national domain, is expanding the capacity of its CZ.NIC Labs research centre to include a new branch that is opening in Brno. Like the Prague headquarters, employees of the Labs will work primarily on projects concerning the security and stability of the internet and the development of internet infrastructure. The CZ.NIC Labs project was launched last year in August.

“Along with good accessibility and excellent internet infrastructure, we also chose Brno on the basis of our long-term and successful collaboration with the technology faculties of Brno’s universities. CZ.NIC employees are external consultants for several bachelor theses by local students, who also took part in our contest for young programmers, DIP – Develop, Innovate, Program,” said Ondřej Surý, head of the CZ.NIC Labs project, regarding the opening of the new branch office.

CZ.NIC Labs employees will primarily work on research and development of the Domain Name System (DNS) and DNSSEC security technology. Additionally, they will also devote their attention to the implementation of the IPv6 network protocol, which solves the scarcity problem of free IP addresses in version 4, which are necessary for an internet connection, and also technologies protecting users against unsolicited mail.

“Over a short time in our Labs, several projects have been created which have attracted attention even on an international scale. For instance, I would like to mention the security extension for the Mozilla Firefox internet browser, which checks the security of a website using DNSSEC technology,” added Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC Association.

The activities of CZ.NIC Labs have an international dimension: the new centre cooperates, among others, with IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) and DNS OARC (DNS Operations, Analysis, and Research Center). The main purpose of cooperation is the testing of new tools aimed at developing the internet in the differing environments of various national domain registers.