Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will hold a set of open meetings in Berlin tomorrow and Wednesday to discuss how the Internet is managed.
ICANN is the global non profit organisation formed to oversee some of the Internet's core technical management functions as the US government's control, in the shape of Network Solutions, ends.
Between now and September 2000, ICANN is gradually taking over responsibility for coordinating the assignment of protocol parameters, the management of the domain name system and the allocation of IP address space.
During the meetings, ICANN's initial board of directors will hear public comments on a number of issues, including the World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) recommendations on trademarks and the operation of the domain name system, the recognition of the seven groups that will comprise the Domain Name Supporting Organisation (DNSO) and proposals for ICANN's membership structure and independent review mechanism.
ICANN will also report on the status of the new registrar competition project in the .com, .net and .org top level domains, which began on 26 April. AOL, the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE), France Telecom/Oleane, Melbourne IT and Register.com are the five companies acting as new registrars in the 60 day test period.
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