ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers.
To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It helps promote competition and develop policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.
ICANN follows a multi-stakeholder model in which individuals, non-commercial stakeholder groups, industry, and governments play important roles in its community-based, consensus-driven, policy-making approach.
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Three Supporting Organizations develop and recommend policies concerning the Internet’s technical management within their areas of expertise. They are the Address Supporting Organization (ASO), the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).
Four Advisory Committees serve as formal advisory bodies to the ICANN Board. They are made up of representatives from the Internet community to advise on a particular issue or policy area and include: At-Large Advisory Committee (“At-Large”), DNS Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), and Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC).
The ICANN Board of Directors has the ultimate authority to approve or reject policy recommendations, while the Nominating Committee (NomCom) and Ombudsman assure inclusive representation and accountability.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is based in Los Angeles, California, and has offices in Singapore, Istanbul, Geneva, Brussels and Washington DC as well as staff working around the world in 22 other countries. We have a sophisticated, highly educated workforce that shares a global point of view and works independently in a collegial environment and meets at least three times a year at annual meetings which are conducted in major cities around the globe.
ICANN is a nonprofit public benefit corporation responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. These include top-level domain names (like .org, or .museum)
The mission of ICANN is to coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. In particular, ICANN:
I worked at ICANN full-time (Less than a year)
Working at ICANN provided a sort of wake-up call into how demanding the tech industry and internet security sector can be. People were quite friendly and the staff holiday party was beautiful. PTO was fair and actually quite generous. There is a lot to learn if you like tech and internet security. Public meetings are held around the world, so the opportunity for travel exists, though it isn't promised.
Seems that there is a lot of turnaround with some supervisors, but overall, most assistants are career assistants. Tech is not the easiest subject to learn coming from a different background, and many peers were not willing to help others understand what their line of work was.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at ICANN (Los Angeles, CA) in November 2016.
Did a phone and in person interview with them. The phone interview with the recruiter was easy, as one the in person interview I did. I was told they wouldn't be making a decision until the beginning of the year, but the recruiter did contact me about 2 weeks later to say they were going with another candidate. At least they did have the courtesy to let me know.
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