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ICANN generates and relies on a multitude of policies and practices. Some of the policies, such as those that govern
[[[DNS]] have to undergo a formal [[PDP]] and must culminate with [[ICANN Board]] approval. Other policies and practices have been developed through extensive dialogue to reflect the perspectives of various stakeholders in the ICANN community, but they have not gone through a PDP. Operational policies and General practices are examples of the latter.<ref>[https://www.icann.org/policy#what_is_policy What is Policy?]</ref>
: ''Main article: [[ICANN Governance]]''
Governance refers to the operational policies that define how ICANN operates as an organization. These policies are not subject to
a policy development process (PDP) and tend to depend on community input through less formal means.