August 27, 1999 |
Individual Internet users will be able to participate in the nonprofit organization charged with managing the Internet domain name system under a plan adopted Thursday. Anyone with an e-mail account and a postal address will be able to vote for the 18 members of an "at-large council" that will become one of the main supporting organizations of the Los Angeles-based Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN interim President Mike Roberts said.
October 16, 2000 |
While most Americans are focused on the looming national elections, there was another interesting election last week, one with some intriguing implications for the future. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, which is based in Marina del Rey, conducted the world's first global "cyber-election." Internet users around the world voted five new at-large members onto ICANN's board of directors, one for each major continent.
November 13, 2000 |
After 3 1/2 years of political wrangling and administrative delay, the ubiquitous "dot-com" is expected to get some company this week at the annual meeting of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit group that oversees the Internet's addressing system. More than 19 million addresses ending in ".com" have already been snapped up, as have 5 million addresses with the ".net" and ".org" suffixes.
June 24, 1999 |
Today was supposed to have been a milestone day in the evolution of the Internet as a fully self-governing international entity. Instead, the global information network is laboring under the worst power struggle among administrators in its history. After three years of work by computer scientists, private businesses and government negotiators, Network Solutions Inc. was supposed to relinquish its control of the system for registering Internet addresses, or "domain names," ending in .com, .
March 31, 2007 |
Adult content won't get its own dot-xxx address on the World Wide Web because it would force the organization that manages Internet addresses to regulate content. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers, or ICANN, rejected the dot-xxx designation by a 9-5 vote in response to government concerns about offensive content. The action marks the second time in less than a year that ICANN has rejected a proposal from ICM Registry of Jupiter, Fla.
February 9, 1999 |
As of Monday, Network Solutions' monopoly days are numbered. For six years, the Herndon, Va., company has held an exclusive contract with the U.S. government to register domain names on the Internet. But with the increasing commercialization of the global computer network, the Clinton administration has encouraged the Internet community to devise a plan to bring competition to the market for registering names that end in .com, .net and .org.
November 17, 2005 |
The United States will keep control of the domain-name system that guides Internet traffic under an international agreement, resolving a dispute that threatened to fracture the global computer network. Negotiators at the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society said they had agreed to set up a forum to discuss spam e-mail and other Internet issues and explore ways to narrow the technology gap between rich and poor countries.
November 20, 2000 |
Meanwhile, two other groups of companies led by Idealab-backed DotTV applied for the suffixes .nom and .pro. Neither proposal fared well in reviews conducted by ICANN staff members and a group of outside advisors. The reviewers said the DotNom Consortium's application was technically weak, and that the business plan submitted by the DotPro Consortium wasn't specific enough. After striking a high-profile deal to register Internet addresses that end in .
June 3, 2002 |
The group that oversees the Internet's traffic system moved closer to a complete overhaul over the weekend when a committee recommended changes aimed at making the organization function more smoothly. A committee set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers recommended that the group retool its internal structure and change how corporate directors are chosen, but rejected a proposal to bring governments on board.
October 27, 1998
The nonprofit group that expects to largely assume control of managing the Internet from the federal government has selected Michael M. Roberts of Portola Valley as its interim president. His first effort will be to reassure U.S. officials that the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, will be open and financially accountable. Roberts retired recently as vice president of Educomm, a high-tech consortium of 600 colleges and universities.