• The government will soon roll out a public Domain Name Server, or DNS, for India aimed at providing a faster and more secure browsing experience for Internet users in the country, while ensuring that citizens’ data is stored locally.
  • A DNS is a like a directory for the Internet. It helps to convert domain names that are easy for people to remember into IP addresses, which are used by computers/machines to communicate. If the DNS is either slow or fails to work, users will not be able to locate web addresses.
  • The main aim of bringing our own public DNS is to ensure availability, particularly for smaller Interest Service Providers (ISPs) who don’t have credible DNS.
  • Bigger ones usually have their own DNS.
  • Pointing out that there were other open DNS servers, including Google Public DNS, the official said the government’s system would prevent users from visiting malicious websites.
  • The roll-out, which will be executed by the National Informatics Centre – the technology arm of the government – will be completed in the next four to six months.
  • NIC is already using the public DNS within the government network.
  • If you use any public DNS, they access and use all your data.
  • It is not that users will compulsorily need to shift to India public DNS.
  • A user is free to choose any DNS adding that with the government’s public DNS, Indian users’ data would be stored within the country.
  • The ministry, as part of its ongoing awareness campaign for safer Internet, also plans to reach out to end-users to educate them on DNS and how they could shift to an Indian public DNS if they desired.