The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is based in Los Angeles, California, and has offices in Singapore, Istanbul, Geneva, Brussels and Washington DC as well as staff working around the world in 22 other countries. We have a sophisticated, highly educated workforce that shares a global point of view and works independently in a collegial environment and meets at least three times a year at annual meetings which are conducted in major cities around the globe.
ICANN is a nonprofit public benefit corporation responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers. These include top-level domain names (like .org, or .museum)
The mission of ICANN is to coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems. In particular, ICANN:
Coordinates the allocation and assignment of the three sets of unique identifiers for the Internet, which are
Domain names (forming a system referred to as "DNS");
Internet protocol ("IP") addresses and autonomous system ("AS") numbers; and
Protocol port and parameter numbers.
Coordinates the operation and evolution of the DNS root name server system.
Coordinates policy development reasonably and appropriately related to these technical functions.