ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. It is a non-profit organization that is responsible for coordinating the allocation of unique identifiers on the internet, including domain names, IP addresses, and protocol parameters.

ICANN was created in 1998 to take over the management of the internet's naming and addressing systems from the U.S. government. It operates under a set of bylaws and policies that are designed to ensure the stability and security of the internet's naming and addressing systems and to promote competition and innovation in the domain name industry.

ICANN works with governments, businesses, and other organizations around the world to develop and implement policies and standards related to the internet's naming and addressing systems. It also manages the WHOIS database, which allows users to look up information about domain names and other internet resources.


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