ICANN: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
I recently attended ICANN63 held in Barcelona, Spain. The event was 6 day long. Iattended many sessions and meetings which basically focused on working and stability of the Internet and also I got to meet many other dignitaries with immense knowledge.
It was a great experience attending ICANN63 and gaining more knowledge which will definitely help me in future.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) helps coordinate the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are key technical services critical to the continued operations of the Internet’s underlying address book, the Domain Name System (DNS).
ICANN is a global forum for developing policies for coordination of some of the Internet’s core technical elements, including the Domain Name System(DNS).
ICANN operates on the basis of consensus, with affected stakeholders coming together to formulate coordination policies for the Internet’s core technical elements in the public interest. ICANN is a Multistakeholder model and controlled by GNSO, GAC, IETF, TLG, RSSAC, SSAC, At-Large, ccNSO, ASO, UASG, Ombudsman and Nominating Committee.
There were more than 200 different sessions, the week-long meeting is a focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholders (either attending in-person or participating remotely) to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy.
At each ICANN meeting, anyone can make comments and ask questions on the main topics directly to the Board at the Public Forum. During the Public Forum, you may speak on behalf of your organization or as an individual. And I m glad that I also got the opportunity to present my views in front of many other dignitaries.
This started back in 1998 (30th Sept), when ICANN was incorporate in California as a non-profit public benefit corporation, The original ICANN Bylaws called for three Supporting Organizations.
And then on 24th December 1998, ICANN and University of Southern California (USC) entered into a transition agreement, under which ICANN assumed the performance of the IANA functions and responsibilities which were previously performed by USC.
There is also an ICANN’s History Project which explores the key events in ICANN’s growth, from its birth to its current day status. This project seeks to preserve the organization’s institutional memory by capturing stories from key figures who helped shape ICANN’s past and present.
A vital part of ICANN’s processes is the opportunity for there to be public comment on each substantial piece of work before it is put forward for final approval. ICANN has a proven commitment to accountability and transparency in all of its practices.
And its aim is to ensure a stable and unified global Internet.