What does IANA actually do?

By on 17 Mar 2015

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The proposed transition of the stewardship of the IANA functions from the US Government to the Internet community continues to generate a lot of news around the world, with many people in the community working hard to deliver the final plan.

But what does IANA actually do?  It has a role in managing Internet names, numbers and protocol parameters, you may answer… but exactly what, and how does it work?

At ICANN 52 in Singapore, Elise Gerich and Kim Davies gave an excellent presentation on the IANA functions and the role it plays in numbers, names and protocols.  If you want to learn more about exactly what IANA does, this presentation is a great place to start.

The recording of Elise and Kim delivering this presentation is also online.

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