Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ICANN to manage time zone database


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has disclosed its intension to manage the operations of an Internet Time Zone Database that is used by a number of major computer systems.

Director of Global Media Affairs, Mr. Brad White, said in a press statement that ICANN agreed to manage the database after receiving a request from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

He also said that the database contains time zone code and data that computer programs and operating systems such as Unix, Linux, Java, and Oracle rely on to determine the correct time for a given location, stressing that modifications to the database occur frequently throughout the year.

“The time zone database is used by a large number of commercial operating systems and the software applications,” said Russ Housely, chairman of the IETF. “Incorrect time zone information will impact many everyday activities, including meeting and conference call coordination, airplane and train schedules, physical package delivery notices, and astronomical observatories.”

For nearly three decades, the TZ Database had been maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers, in particular, Arthur David Olson at the US National Institutes of Health. Olson coordinated the group, managed the data, and created a platform for their release. Olson’s announced retirement prompted the IETF to turn to ICANN to ensure continued operation of the database.

“The Time Zone Database provides an essential service on the Internet and keeping it operational falls within ICANN’s mission of maintaining a stable and dependable Internet,” said Akram Atallah, ICANN’s Chief Operating Officer.

ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable, therefore, promoting competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

Noteworthy is that ICANN does not control content on the Internet, thus it cannot stop spam and 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.

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13 comments:

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Anna said...

I think ICANN is on to a good idea, but it will bring about many paranoidal fears about data security. I understand completely. Even as I'm doing something like dental marketing services, I wonder if this means someone can have access to my data and use it for competitors.

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I think ICANN has a massive impact on the expansion and evolution of the internet. It may not control the content on the internet or stop spam, its coordination role of the internet naming system is what makes it very important.

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