On 1 October 2016, the contract between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to perform the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, has officially expired.
As a result, the coordination and management of the Internet’s unique identifiers is now privatized and in the hands of the volunteer-based multi-stakeholder community.
To mark the end of the IANA transition and to have a wider debate on the Internet Governance, EIF hosted a debate on the 11th of October 2016, with ICANN's new President and CEO Göran Marby, at the European Parliament. This debate was a timely opportunity for the head of ICANN to address Europe’s Internet community and have an exchange of views on the future of the Internet. This debate was chaired by Sabine Verheyen, MEP and member of EIF Steering Committee.
In his address Mr. Marby explained how the IANA transition was handled by the international multi-stakeholder community. He also stressed the importance of Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in Mexico 6-9 December.