ICANN Discusses Future of the Internet in the Asian Region
With Local Language Domain Names
Bangkok, Thailand – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international organization overseeing the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), recently organized a press briefing in Bangkok to discuss the development of the DNS and the growth of the Internet in the Asia-Pacific region. They also shared how the Internet can be used in more creative and innovative ways. The DNS is expanding and is expected to grow exponentially beyond the current 3 billion Internet users globally – with nearly half of them in the Asia-Pacific region.
Photo shows (from the left): Jia Rong Low, Senior Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement – Asia, ICANN; ICANN Board member Rinalia Abdul Rahim; Wanawit Ahkuputra, Deputy Executive Director for the Electronic Transactions Development Agency of Thailand (ETDA), and Sarmad Hussain, Senior Manager of the IDN Programme, ICANN, all of whom spoke at the recent ICANN session in Bangkok.
ICANN’s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.