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ICANN Turning 25 - Share Your Memories!

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). A quarter of a century ago, on September 30, 1998, ICANN was officially incorporated as a California non-profit corporation.

To commemorate this landmark event, ICANN will be hosting celebrations during ICANN78 in Hamburg, Germany, 21-26 October.

In the run-up to this, we at CircleID are thrilled to partner with ICANN and the community to provide a space for reflections. ICANN’s 25th-anniversary timeline highlights just a few of the myriad milestones since its inception. And now, we want to hear from you!

Is there a particular moment in time that stands out to you from ICANN’s past 25 years?

From the amusing to the serious, from the technical to the personal, we encourage you to share your ICANN stories. Whether it’s your first meeting, the evolution you’ve witnessed over the years, or how being a part of the ICANN community has influenced your life, we want to know.

Some prompts to get your thoughts flowing:

  • What was the first ICANN meeting you attended, and where was it held?
  • How have you seen the landscape change since you first became a part of the ICANN community?
  • In what ways has being involved with ICANN impacted your personal or professional life?

Here are two simple ways to share your memories:

  1. Sign up for a CircleID account and use the submission panel.
  2. Forward your post in any text format to [email protected].

On social media:
You can also use the hashtag #ICANNturns25 to share your thoughts on social media.

Join us in this celebration and reflection. We eagerly anticipate reading your narratives and reminiscing alongside you.

Warm regards,
Ali Farshchian
CircleID Publisher

By Ali Farshchian, Founder & Editor

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ICANN Still Does Not Get It - Rick Lane  –  Oct 2, 2023 10:45 AM

My first ICANN meeting:  ICANN06 13-17 July 2000 Yokohama

My first public quote on ICANN: February 5, 2001 https://www.computerworld.com/article/2590738/icann-faces-hearing-in-congress-over-domain-selections.html
“But Rick Lane, director of e-commerce and Internet technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said a resumption of government control over the domain name process wouldn’t be supported by the businesses it represents. The system “has been moving in a very positive direction, and we haven’t heard or seen anything out there yet that could replace ICANN,” he said. “You don’t want to destroy something unless you have something to replace it.”“

Still having hope for ICANN
CNET Nov. 3, 2005
Business groups have long expressed worry that greater U.N. control could usher in higher taxes, curbs on free speech and reams of new regulations. “That is one of our biggest concerns, that politics that have nothing to do with ICANN start trickling into how the Internet is going to be run,” said Rick Lane, vice president for government affairs at News Corp.

Losing faith in ICANN as a multi-stakeholder entity

Finally lost all faith in the ICANN process: Oct. 27, 2022
Preserving a globally interoperable Internet benefits the public interest — corrupt Internet plumbing monopolies do not.

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