Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a nonprofit body that coordinates the procedures and maintenance of many databases associated with the Internet namespaces to enable secure and stable operation. Most of the organization’s work is related to the Internet’s global DNS (Domain Name System). It includes developing policy for DNS’s internationalization, introducing new generic TLDs (top-level domains), and operating root name servers. ICANN manages numbering facilities like the Internet Protocol address spaces for Internet Protocol version 4 and Internet Protocol version 6. It also deals with the allocation of address blocks to the regional internet registries. It also keeps and operates the registries of the internet protocol identifiers. ICANN came into being in September 1998 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, USA. The organisation basically helps to sustain the operational stability of the internet.