What does ICANN do?

stylor

What exactly is ICANN, and what does it do? There is discussion of the US Government ending oversight of ICANN, and now I’m seeing stories pop up about “the US handing control of the internet to (insert capital of scary foreign country here).” What does ICANN do exactly, and how will other countries “take over the internet” if the US isn’t in charge of ICANN oversight?

Topic: Internet
Answer this Question

Answers

2 total
jimlynch
Vote Up (6)

ICANN
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICANN

"The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN, /ˈaɪkæn/ EYE-kan) is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the Internet's global domain name system. The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is a department of ICANN responsible for managing the DNS Root and the numbering system for IP addresses.

ICANN was created on September 18, 1998, and incorporated on September 30, 1998.[1] It is headquartered in the Playa Vista section of Los Angeles, California.

ICANN is responsible for the coordination of maintenance and methodology of several databases of unique identifiers related to the namespaces of the Internet, and ensuring the network's stable and secure operation.[2] The numbering facilities include the Internet Protocol address spaces (IPv4 and IPv6) and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries. ICANN maintains registries of Internet protocol identifiers, and the management of the top-level domain name space (DNS root zone), which includes the operation of root name servers. Most visibly, much of its work has concerned the DNS policy development for internationalization of the DNS system and introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs). ICANN performs the actual technical maintenance work of the central Internet address pools and DNS root registries pursuant to the IANA function contract.

ICANN's primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.[3]

On September 29, 2006, ICANN signed a new agreement with the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) that moves the organization further towards a solely multistakeholder governance model.[4]"

mbiaggi
Vote Up (5)

Right now a lot of other countries are more concerned about the US destroying online freedom than anyone else, and if even a fourth of what Edward Snowden revealed is true, they have a point. You are hearing political talking points and speculation, not facts. As ICANN’s president pointed out, the current US government role is “minor, ministerial and has no real impact on day-to-day operations of ICANN.” This article on ComputerWorld give more information about both sides of the issue. http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/542633/us_ntia_plan_end_icann_co...

 

As for what ICANN does, it is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Basically, it makes DNS work. ICANN has a page on their website that explains in detail what they do. http://www.icann.org/en/about/welcome

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
Facebook is releasing mcrouter, its software for turning many cache servers around the world into one distributed system, as open source.
Uber appears determined not to stand down in the face of a regulatory challenge to its new shared ride service.
Google fielded 19 percent more requests from the U.S. government for data on its users in the first half of this year compared to the second half of last year, the company said Monday.
What should happen to your personal digital communications -- emails, chats, photos and the like -- after you die? Should they be treated like physical letters for the purposes of a will?
The collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but may also lead some companies to create profiles of consumers leading to discrimination, the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Monday.
Facebook has partnered with several large companies to kick off a new project called TODO that aims to improve the way open source software is developed and consumed.
Microsoft is eying China with plans to develop more mobile and cloud-based technologies for the country at a new subsidiary in Shanghai, despite the regulatory hurdles the U.S. company has been facing in the country.
Video on-demand service Netflix is expanding in Europe and will soon appear on the set-top boxes of French telecom operator Bouygues Telecom, the operator said on Monday.
New car-pool services sold by ride-sharing companies including Uber and Lyft are illegal in California, according to state regulators.
A special version of Skype designed for professional TV broadcasts reached another milestone with its release to manufacturers and the signing of three hardware partners.
randomness