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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Demystifying ICANN by Marilyn Cade

Marilyn Cade
The chief executive officer (CEO) and Principal, ICT Strategies based in the United States, Ms Marilyn Cade has demystified the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Cade who was the past chairperson of the ICANN Business Constituency told ITRealms in Lagos that in demystifying ICANN it is important to break down the processes involved for a novice, especially intending to do business within the ICANN community to understand.

On what ICANN is and does, she said that ICANN among other things coordinates at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems.

Also, Cade said, ICANN coordinates the allocation and assignment of the three sets of unique identifiers for the Internet, which are the Domain names, which made up what is popularly referred to as Domain Name System (DNS).

In addition, she said, ICANN sets the Internet protocol (IP) addresses and Autonomous System (AS) numbers as well as provides “Protocol port and parameter numbers.”

Hence, ICANN coordinates the operation and evolution of the DNS root name server system, just as it manages policy development reasonably and appropriately related to these technical functions.

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