Los Angeles, Calif. - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that Alexander Ogilvy and its parent company Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide will provide support for its international education and public outreach programs. The firms' offices in major cities worldwide will assist the new organization through a structured program of event support, educational materials and media coordination.
Esther Dyson, Interim Chairman of the ICANN Board, said "We're looking forward to the ability to use the well-known strengths of Alexander Ogilvy in our programs to reach and hear from the diverse constituencies of ICANN. Together, we can advance the goals of our new organization in fostering strong and stable growth of the Internet around the world."
Routine press inquiries will now be handled through the Alexander Ogilvy/Ogilvy contacts listed below. Members of the ICANN Board and staff will continue to make themselves available for interviews concerning ICANN programs.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a new, non-profit, international corporation formed to oversee a select number of the Internet's core technical management functions. Between now and September 2000, ICANN will take over responsibility for coordinating domain name system management, IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, and root server system management, a privatization called for the in U.S. Government's White Paper on the Management of the Internet Domain Name System.
In the past, many of these functions have been handled by the U.S. government, or by its contractors and volunteers. This informal structure represented the spirit and culture of the research community in which the Internet developed. However, the growing size and international importance of the Internet has necessitated the creation of a technical management body that is both more formalized in structure, and more fully reflective of the geographic diversity of the Internet community.
ICANN is a non-profit corporation with an international board of directors. Its initial board is led by interim chairman Esther Dyson, and has members drawn from several nations. This initial board is completing ICANN's by-laws and procedures and working to pave the way for a smooth and stable transition to private sector management of technical management functions. The day-to-day management of ICANN is led by its interim President and CEO, Mike Roberts. The initial board members will be succeeded by board members elected by four different constituency groups, collectively representing a broad range of the Internet's technical and user communities around the globe.=
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Director of Technology Policy Communications
Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
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Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Brussels
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Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Singapore
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