NLnet Labs participates in various stakeholder groups, offering advice and insight on Internet technology and governance.

Dutch Internet Standards Platform

NLnet Labs is a member of the Dutch Internet Standards Platform (Platform Internetstandaarden). Through this initiative various partners from the Internet community and the Dutch government collaborate to raise awareness about and increase the usage of modern Internet Standards, such as IPv6, DNSSEC, RPKI, TLS, SPF, DMARC and DKIM.

The website was launched in 2015 and is used to educate and entice consumers and businesses to adopt modern Internet standards. It allows visitors to check whether their website, email and Internet connection use modern and reliable Internet standards.

NLnet Labs is responsible for the development and maintenance of It allows us to use our expertise and the software we develop for a public service that promotes a modern and secure Internet.

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Home page of, allowing various tests for modern Internet standards

IETF DNS Operations (dnsop) Working Group

Benno Overeinder is co-chair of the DNS Operations Working Group in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The dnsop WG will develop guidelines for the operation of DNS software and services and for the administration of DNS zones. These guidelines will provide technical information relating to the implementation of the DNS protocol by the operators and administrators of DNS zones.

ICANN Advisory Roles

Jaap Akkerhuis has served on the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) since its inception. SSAC advises the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the security and integrity of the Internet's naming and address allocation systems. This includes operational, administrative, and registration matters. SSAC engages in ongoing threat assessment and risk analysis of the Internet naming and address allocation services to assess where the principal threats to stability and security lie, and advises the ICANN community accordingly.

In addition, Jaap Akkerhuis has various other ICANN advisory roles to support the Internet community. These include Work Track 5: Geographic Names at the Top-Level, which focuses on developing proposed recommendations regarding the treatment of geographic names at the top-level, as well as the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), responsible for advising the ICANN community and Board on matters relating to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the Internet's Root Server System. Lasty, he serves on the Registry Services Evaluation Process (RSEP), ICANN's process for evaluating proposed gTLD registry services or contractual modifications for security, stability or competition issues.

DNS-OARC Programme Committee

Ralph Dolmans is a member of the DNS-OARC Programme Committee, which consists of seven volunteers whose role is to solicit and review material for OARC Workshops and other meetings.

The Internet Society Organisation Member Advisory Council

Jaap Akkerhuis represents NLnet Labs on the Internet Society Organisation Member Advisory Council. It serves as an advisory body to Internet Society senior management and board on matters affecting the general welfare and effectiveness of the global Internet and its users.

Dutch Forum Standardisation

Benno Overeinder was appointed to the Dutch Forum Standardisation (Forum Standaardisatie) by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. The forum aims to ensure interoperability and supplier independence through the use of open standards in the public sector. To achieve this, Forum Standardisation stimulates the use of open standards and maintains a list of which ones are required. In addition, the forum monitors adoption and compliance, as well as advising on the implementation and application of open standards.