ICANN’s new CEO pledges to keep the Internet intact and open

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ICANN’s new CEO Fadi Chehadé, who took over in October, is on a mission to help politicians around the world understand the importance of keeping the Internet intact and open, and is also working to bring home the addition of new generic top-level domains.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers coordinates the DNS (Domain Name System) and IP addresses, which are the cornerstones that keep the Internet going.

“I sincerely believe that we have an opportunity in the next few years to keep the Internet as one Internet and I believe this is worth my time and a lot of my effort, and, frankly, it makes for a great mission,” Chehadé said in an interview.

The Internet runs the risk of becoming balkanised due to ill-informed national policies, according to Chehadé. To secure the Internet’s future, Chehadé has started his tenure with a globalisation campaign, because until now the organisation hasn’t done enough to reach out and engage beyond the borders of the U.S. and Europe, he said. Adapted from techworld.com

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