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ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers.

The RIPE NCC and the RIPE community work closely with ICANN in a number of areas:

  • ICANN is contracted by the U.S. government to carry out the IANA function, which includes allocating Internet number resources (IP addresses and AS Numbers) to the Regional Internet Registries from the pools of unallocated resources.
  • The NRO Number Council serves as the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC), which has responsibility for nominating two ICANN Board members.

More information on the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).


  • Publications / News
    Alan Barrett Re-Elected to Seat 9 of the ICANN Board

    The ASO AC has selected Alan Barrett to serve for a three-year term in Seat 9 of the ICANN Board of Directors starting in November 2024.

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    NRO NC Elections 2019: Meet the Candidates

    There are two confirmed candidates for the Number Resource Organization Number Council (NRO NC) election that will be held at RIPE 79.

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    ICANN 60 Update: RIPE NCC and EURALO Sign MoU

    The ICANN 60 Annual General Meeting took place from 23 October to 3 November in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, starting just a day after the RIPE 75 Meeting wrapped up in Dubai. The event marked the first full ICANN meeting in the Middle East and an opportunity for to meet and engage with Internet stakeholders from that region and beyond.

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    IANA Stewardship Transition Completed

    On 1 October 2016, the IANA functions contract that the United States Government had with ICANN was allowed to expire. This represents the final step in the community-led IANA stewardship transition process that began in 2014. Oversight of IANA is now the responsibility of the Names, Numbers and Protocol Parameters communities that rely on its services.

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    NTIA Issues IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal Report

    The transition of stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community has reached a significant milestone. On 9 June 2016, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued its assessment report on the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal. The proposal was submitted to the NTIA in March 2016 following the ICANN 55 Meeting.

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