new-logo25 Author, Chuck Frank

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, also known as ICANN, is a non-profit, public-benefit corporation formed in 1998, which has a limited, yet unique and critical role that coordinates the administration of the Internet’s logistical infrastructure layer and delivers “One Internet’ for the world.”

Besides creating three sets of unique identifiers, namely, Domain names, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and Protocol parameters, their responsibilities do not stop there.  Though ICANN does not run the internet system directly, it plays a central, administrative role in concert with technical operation community actors, while ensuring the security, stability, resiliency, and integrity of this critical
layer.

To keep pace with the dynamic technologies and rapid innovation on the Internet, ICANN also facilitates the process of policy development that will enable technical changes which is a fundamental part of the organizations mission.
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