ICANN – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

The not-for-profit organisation Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is commonly known as ICANN.

ICANN has responsibility for the following:

  • setting policy on top level domains such as .com, .org, etc
  • managing the systems for assignment of domain names
  • offering a domain name resolution service, the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy, for companies in dispute over domain name ownership
  • allocating space for IP addresses

Until ICANN was set up on the 1990s, these responsibilities were held by the US government.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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