LOS ANGELES – 18 March 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that its annual GDD Industry Summit and ICANN DNS Symposium, which were to be held in Paris, France, in early May 2020, have been cancelled.
The decision to cancel these events was made in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus outbreak and, for the GDD Summit, included conversations with the Contracted Parties House.
ICANN's primary concern is for the health and safety of its global multistakeholder community and its staff. We are monitoring this situation closely, and will update the community if there are any new developments or changes to planned meetings and activities.
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 on other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps to 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.