The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the organisation responsible for operating the Domain Name System (DNS), which is essentially the equivalent of the Internet’s phone book – holding the registry of all Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and domain names. It is governed by an international, multi-stakeholder community. ICANN holds three meetings each year, rotating among the different regions. For more information, see the following resources:

  • Apply for the ICANN Fellowship program if you’d like to be introduced to ICANN and want to take part in its work

  • ICANNWiki – A non-profit organisation dedicated to providing a community-developed wiki on ICANN and Internet governance

  • Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) list of stakeholder groups and constituencies

  • GNSO document archive

  • GNSO Projects List – a compilation of all active and/or open projects within the GNSO

  • Join a group or constituency, such as the Non-Commercial Stakeholders’ Group (NCSG)

  • Join a working group – e.g., the Middle East and Adjoining Countries Strategy Working Group (MEAC-SWG)

  • Learn about how to write ICANN policy via the Noncommercial User’s Constituency’s (NCUC) Policy Writing Course

  • Participate in meetings remotely

  • Read the ICANN beginners guide

  • Submit a public comment

  • Visit ICANN Learn and take a free course

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