This week's ICANN
meeting in Puerto Rico is the last before the GDPR deadline.
The federal government's contract with ICANN
expired at midnight, and on October 1 ICANN
assumed direct stewardship over critical Internet infrastructure.
was created by the Department of Commerce in 1998 and was given a government contract to manage the Internet.
Now, before we get into what all of the above means for India, and the future of the internet in the country, let us first discuss some key functions and responsibilities of ICANN
. As noted above, ICANN
is the address book of the internet.
is an independent, nonprofit corporation with an international board of directors, it is based in the U.S.
We have a very close working relationship with India's key Internet stakeholders and I am happy to facilitate the deployment of another root server instance in India," said Samiran Gupta, ICANN
's Head of India.
Under current ICANN
regulations, when a new domain name is registered, the registrant is required to provide certain business or personal data, known as WHOIS info.
Currently many internet standards and government organizations are working on ICANN
APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) and ISOC (Internet Society) all over the world.
After the plaintiffs filed suit, a federal judge asked ICANN
If a satisfactory transition and Internet governance mechanism can be achieved, NTIA will let its contract with ICANN
expire on September 30, 2015.