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The ICANN History Project Goes Live

LOS ANGELES – 4 May 2017 – ICANN is pleased to announce the launch of the ICANN History Project. The project seeks to preserve ICANN's institutional memory by capturing stories from key figures who helped to shape the organization from its origins to the present day.

To get started, visit www.icann.org/history. There, you'll find interviews with key figures such as Ira Magaziner, former Senior Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton; Larry Strickling, former Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Vint Cerf, one of the "fathers of the Internet"; Dr. Stephen Crocker, ICANN Board Chair; and many other major players from ICANN's past.

We're presenting the ICANN History Project through thematic tracks so that you can delve into the topics that interest you most. The first track focuses on ICANN's relationship with the United States Government, from the U.S. Government's role in the establishment and development of ICANN to the steps leading up to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition.

If you want to contribute your own experiences to this project, we encourage you to share your ICANN memories with us. 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.


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