Throwback Thursday: All About ICANN, Formed on This Day in 1998

Robyn Norgan
Sep 18, 2014

Happy 16th Birthday, ICANN! First things first, ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. If you are familiar with the domain industry, then you're definitely familiar with ICANN and even if you're not, you've probably seen them mentioned - ICANN makes several appearances on our website because we're ICANN accredited. ICANN is responsible for the coordination and maintenance of the Internet, including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and the Domain Name System (DNS). It was created on September 18, 1998.

An IP address is a unique identifier used to send data to a specific computer on a network. The IP address's group of binary numbers provides both network identification and location addressing. The DNS translates much easier-to-remember domain names such as into their numerical IP addresses. Before the DNS was born in 1985, domain names did not exist.

Today, ICANN may be best known for its recent decision to expand the world of domain names with the introduction of many new top-level domain (TLD) extensions. Everyone is already familiar with .COM, .NET, .ORG, and more, but now the TLDs we know and love are being joined by thousands of other domain extensions including .CLUB, .MOE, .DISCOUNT and even TLDs like .ОРГ, the Russian Cyrillic version of .ORG.

Check out the video below to learn more about what ICANN does in their own words:

Then check out ICANN's video about the new TLDs:

Want to learn more about ICANN? Check out these past blog posts:

Post by Robyn Norgan