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ICANN Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with NANOG

27 September 2021

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the North American Network Operators' Group, Inc. (NANOG). This agreement will help realize common objectives, promote two-way collaboration, strengthen both NANOG's and ICANN's community engagement initiatives, and build greater support for multistakeholder participation, the governance model of the Internet.

ICANN and NANOG have agreed to conduct joint technical engagement and outreach efforts at colleges and universities in the North America and the Caribbean regions, addressing issues of mutual interest, such as cybersecurity programs, informatics, computer science, and other network-related issues. They have also agreed to better support underserved communities in both regions. This includes exploring the possibility of creating joint scholarship and mentorship programs for university students.


NANOG's mission is to provide forums in the North American region for educating the Internet operations community. NANOG focuses its outreach efforts on the technologies and systems that make the Internet function: core routing and switching; Internet inter-domain routing; the domain name system; peering and interconnection; and Internet core security. The association covers issues that have a direct impact on Internet architecture, such as data centers and optical networking. NANOG has 620 members and serves over 900+ attendees during each tri-annual conference; and it is a professional association for Internet engineering and architecture organized as a non-profit membership organization.


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 nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.