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About ICANN

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a non-profit, private organisation and the governing body for the Internet.

ICANN is responsible for the technical operation of the Domain Name System (DNS) and the policies that define how the names and addresses of the Internet work.

InterNIC and IANA are two organisations operated by ICANN.

InterNIC

The Network Information Centre (InterNIC) provides information about domain name registration services.

IANA

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is responsible for the DNS root, IP addressing and other Internet protocol resources. IANA delegates authority for all other (non-root) domains to other registries.

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