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ICANN History Project Explores the Early Days of ICANN

19 October 2017

LOS ANGELES – 19 October 2017 – ICANN is pleased to announce the unveiling of the second track of the ICANN History – The Early Days of ICANN.

The ICANN History Project captures stories from those who shaped ICANN's past and its evolution over time. We're presenting the project through thematic tracks so you can delve into the topics that interest you most.

The first track of the project focuses on ICANN's relationship with the United States Government. The second track focuses on the early days of ICANN –  events leading up to the organization's formation, including its earliest years of operation.

To learn more, visit www.icann.org/en/history/early-days. There, you'll find an interactive timeline and video interviews with key figures such as ICANN's first CEO, Mike Roberts; ICANN's first Board Chair, Esther Dyson; and some of the first members of the ICANN community and organization.

If you want to contribute your own memories of ICANN's early technical, legal, political, business, and structural evolution, please send us a link to your blogs, videos, or pictures via Twitter using the hashtag #ICANNHistory.

If you have any questions, please email us at history@icann.org.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.