To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number.
That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other.
ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world.
Without that coordination we wouldn't have a global Internet where we can find each other.
That makes ICANN unique.
ICANN was formed in 1998. We are a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. We promote competition and develop policy on the Internet's unique identifiers.
ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. We can't stop spam and we don't deal with access to the Internet.
But if you are interested in the names that can be used on the Internet; if you want to make sure there are enough numbers to allow the Internet to expand; if you care about how the Internet evolves and want to have a say, join ICANN.
Participation is free and your contribution will be unique.