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 have been working at ICANN full-time (More than 3 years)
Fascinating to understand how the Internet works and the Global Multi Stakeholder model. Lots of opportunity to bring good ideas for improvement and best practices. Really smart people that care about the mission.
Takes long time for decisions to be made. Some dysfunctional areas that are led by ego and politics rather than business. More accountability and action to eliminate bad leaders that lead to lower morale and blockers to progress.
Advice to Management
Listen to employees and show actions that are clear and address the reported problems contributing to low morale.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at ICANN.
I had a direct referral to the hiring manager. After a casual meeting, I moved into the formal phone and in-person rounds with the team. Zero response from Talent Acquisition post in-person interviews, even after multiple followup emails. Extremely unprofessional especially for senior level positions.
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