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Internet Governance Glossary


7.2.1 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers / ICANN

ICANN (established 1998) is an international multi-stakeholder organization with US government oversight responsible, at the overall level, for the administration of three sets of unique identifier systems for the internet: domain names, numerical Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and a third type that serves to identify so-called port and parameter numbers. ICANN has two channels through which civil society organisations (CSO) can participate in the "bottom-up policy development process": The Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC, and the At Large Community ( with the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).