A recent interview with the chief of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) touted the changes implemented by the once-unknown, non-profit organization since he took the post in July 2009.
In an interview with Computerworld, former ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom clarified that he won’t step down from the leadership post, but instead is fulfilling the three-year term he agreed to serve in 2009.
“That was a commitment I made, and that was the understanding I came to with the board. I wanted to give the board notification of my decision so that we could get on and recruit another CEO and have an effective transition,” Beckstrom told Computerworld.
He also highlighted some of the major ICANN developments since his leadership commenced two years ago, pointing to internationalized domain names, “bringing foreign language scripts, such as .china and Chinese characters, into the Internet and DNNSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions).”
Tooting his own horn, Beckstrom also said ICANN was virtually unheard of before he came on board as president and CEO two years ago.
“When I came here most people had never heard of ICANN. And if they had heard of it, few respected it,” he told Computerworld. “We have clarified to the world what ICANN is. Simple descriptions that are clear and evocative, such as 'One World One Internet,' have gone global and have helped people understand what we do. We have turned into a world-class non-profit organization.”
The interview also details the goals and challenges behind ICANN’s planned expansion of generic Top Level Domains (gTLD).
According to ICANN’s website, the “not-for-profit public-benefit corporation” group was formed in 1998, “with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.”
Most recently, Beckstrom served as the director of the National Cybersecurity Center at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he reported to the secretary of DHS, and was charged with cooperating directly with the attorney general, National Security Council, Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence. At age 24, Beckstrom started his first company in a garage apartment and, subsequently, grew it into a global enterprise with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Geneva, Sydney, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. CATS Software Inc., went public and later sold, according to Beckstrom’s biography on the ICANN website.
Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. ITEXPO offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. To register, click here.
Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives
Oracle this morning revealed plans to buy cloud company NetSuite for $9.3 billion. The deal is expected to close later this year.
At the end of the week the free upgrade window for Windows 10 closes. This has been an interesting experience because Windows 10 for the most part ste…
The move from hardware- to software-based networking solutions, along with the fact that our still recovering economy has kept many businesses cautiou…
Recently, the police's ability to access someone's phone has been a hot topic in American news. I'm sure we all remember the ordeal involving Apple an…
The sale of Yahoo's core assets to Verizon for a reported $4.83 billion, leaving Yahoo shareholders with roughly a $41 billion investment in Chinese I…