It’s easy to be critical of ICANN, but for me it is also easy to defend the organization and the ideals that founded it and continue to fuel its decisions. I’m relatively new to the community, but after 4 consecutive meetings I’m still continually amazed at how the multistakeholder model brings together academics, politicians, engineers, end-users, and business people and entrepreneurs to foster the stability and continued growth of the DNS. The arduous seven year process and recent implementation of the TLD expansion program is stunning proof that it is fulfilling its mandate from the U.S. Government. The organization was created, with remarkable foresight, to liberalize the potential of the DNS and allow markets to utilize a technology that was initially developed for domestic research and military purposes. Perhaps the most encouraging sign of the Internet’s development as a more open and international resource are the 116 IDN applications in 12 different scripts that will further enable Internet users that speak and write in non-standard latin scripts to utilize the Internet completely in their native language.
If you have never attended an ICANN conference, or you only follow current news updates of the major undertakings, then you may not be aware of the prolific amount of sessions that take place during the week-long ICANN conference. One session in particular that went into great detail about “What is Whois” and the definition of this.