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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.
November 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Much like cyberspace itself, there was a chorus of different voices at the first public meeting of the group selected to run the Internet. The board for the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) faced the public in Cambridge, Mass., and it was a rough crowd. Many were skeptical about the corporation, which was picked by the Clinton administration to tentatively manage the Internet.
November 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
A panel on Internet names voted to conduct further studies on the databases containing names, phone numbers and other private information on domain-name owners, deferring questions over whether such details should remain public. The committee of the Marina del Rey-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, also rejected a proposal to give Internet users the ability to list third-party contacts rather than their own data in the open, searchable databases called Whois.
June 3, 2002 | Reuters
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.
July 8, 2000 | Times staff and wire reports
The nonprofit group that oversees the Internet addressing system won an endorsement from congressional investigators. The General Accounting Office said in a report to Congress that the U.S. Commerce Department had the legal authority to hand off some key administrative functions to the Los Angeles-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The 2-year-old group, known as ICANN, may also collect user fees to cover its cost, the GAO said.
April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If you were scrambling to get your application in to meet today's deadline to get what amounts to an online vanity plate to replace ".com" in your business' Web address, you can relax a little. A system glitch has granted you an extension.  Today, 839 participants were to have their applications in to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, but ICANN discovered a technical issue with its top-level domain application system, or TAS. "ICANN is taking the most conservative approach possible to protect all applicants and allow adequate time to resolve the issue.
June 15, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Too bad ICANN didn't register .D'oh or .TMI itself. In the second recent big glitch in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' process to expand domains beyond the era of .com, the domain name administrator inadvertently revealed a little too much information when it posted details about the previously secret names submitted. The information online included the mailing addresses and contact information of some applicants, details that were to remain private.
September 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
A senior U.S. official rejected calls Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium's principal overseer. "We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet," said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. "Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable."
November 17, 2005
THE INTERNET may not have been invented by Al Gore, but it was conceived, born and raised in the United States. And thanks to the foresight of its original federal benefactors, the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Net has evolved and improved largely under the guidance of technical experts, not political appointees or civil servants. Still, the Internet's inner workings remain to some degree under U.S. control.
December 7, 2011 | Bloomberg News
A program to add hundreds of Internet domain names beyond .com and .net may be a "disaster," U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz told a House Judiciary subcommittee. The program is more costly than necessary for businesses and would let con artists set up fraudulent websites, Leibowitz said Wednesday in a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet. The domain-name system expansion, authorized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, "could be very harmful," Leibowitz said.
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