Who or what is the ICANN?
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a not-for-profit organisation created in 1998 to act as coordinator of databases that are related to the internet’s many namespaces: IP addresses, root servers and domain names. With a continuously evolving system structure and the protocols that accompany them, this ensures the network’s operation runs securely and reliably.
Although it was created in the US, with roots in the government, these days it’s a worldwide organisation that’s driven by the community. They’re currently managing 180 million domains, allocate over 4 billion network addresses and provide support of roughly one trillion DNS searches every single day throughout 240 different countries – for an internet that’s truly interoperable.