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ICANN Overview

Los Angeles, CA
201 to 500 employees
1998
Nonprofit Organization
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Can anyone manage the Internet? This group says "ICANN." The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a not-for-profit organization responsible for the management of the Internet's domain name system (DNS ... Read more

ICANN – Why Work For Us?


Welcome to the global community!

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’s Multi-Stakeholder Model

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.
Learn how our multi-stakeholder model functions

Supporting Organizations

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).

Advisory Committees

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).
Governance Accountability

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.

Welcome to ICANN's career site!

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:

  • Coordinates the allocation and assignment of the three sets of unique identifiers for the Internet, which are
  • Domain names (forming a system referred to as "DNS");
  • Internet protocol ("IP") addresses and autonomous system ("AS") numbers; and
  • Protocol port and parameter numbers.
  • Coordinates the operation and evolution of the DNS root name server system.
  • Coordinates policy development reasonably and appropriately related to these technical functions.

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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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ICANN Interviews

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    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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