The Future Role of ICANN and Domain Names

ICANN Mission

Do you have ever get confused by what ICANN actually does and how it may, over the long term, affect your role as a domain name reseller?

We took a look at the ICANN strategic plan that covers 2012 to 2016 that specifically lays out its mission statement and overall global vision.

Who is ICANN?

ICANN is the global organization that coordinates the Internet’s unique identifier systems for worldwide public benefit, enabling a single, global interoperable Internet. ICANN’s inclusive multi-stakeholder model and community-developed policies facilitate the use of the Internet’s systems unique identifiers by the billions of computers, phones, and other devices that connect people to one Internet.

What is ICANN’s vision?

Very simple, apparently:  One world. One Internet.

What is ICANN’s mission?

This appears to fall into two parts:

  1. Coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet’s systems of unique identifiers;
  2. Ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems.

“The unique identifier systems are comprised of the Internet’s: domain name system (DNS), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, autonomous system (AS) numbers, and protocol ports & parameter numbers,” said ICANN. “We affirm our commitment to work for the maintenance of a single, global interoperable Internet.”

It also provided a diagram (above) that breaks down four strategic areas for which it’s focused.

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