ICANN 101

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Welcome to the world of ICANN!

If you are new, or even if you aren't, here are a list of important terms that you may need to know.

ICANN

ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It is a private, non-profit organization for the management of the Internet DNS, IP Addresses and Autonomous System Numbers, and the structures that underlie them. It runs on an international, multi-stakeholder model.

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Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

SEE ALSO:
ICANN Board
ICANN Staff
ICANN Meetings
ICANN Bodies

ICANN Organizational Chart

ICANN Organizational Chart

GNSO

Main article: GNSO
The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is an ICANN body that develops policies, forms consensus, and makes recommendations to the ICANN Board related to gTLDs.

ccNSO

Main article: ccNSO
The Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) is an ICANN body that develops policies, forms consensus, and makes recommendations to the ICANN Board related to ccTLDs.

ASO

Main article: ASO
The Address Supporting Organization (ASO) is an ICANN body that develops policies, forms consensus, and makes recommendations to the ICANN Board related to Internet Protocol and addresses.

GAC

Main article: GAC
The Government Advisory Committee (GAC) is an ICANN body that consists of representatives from various governments and advises the ICANN Board on public policy issues, national laws, and international agreements.

ALAC

Main article: ALAC
The At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) is an ICANN body that presents the voices and concerns of individual Internet users, as represented by the At-Large Community.

RSSAC

Main article: RSSAC
The Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) is an ICANN body that advises the ICANN community and Board on issues pertaining to the operation, administration, security, and integrity of the Internet's Root Server System.

SSAC

Main article: SSAC
The Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) is an ICANN body that advises the ICANN Board on matters related to the security and integrity of domain names and the allocation of IP addresses, including security assurance for operational matters, administrative matters, and registrations matters.

NomCom

Main article: Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee (NomCom) is the ICANN body that oversees the selection of various ICANN officers. It is designed to operate independently of all other ICANN bodies and to act in the interest of the global Internet community.

Ombudsman

Main article: Ombudsman
The 'Ombudsman is an informal dispute resolution office for members of the ICANN community who wish to lodge complaints about ICANN staff, board, or supporting organizations.

IETF

Main article: IETF
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet.