HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam has officially become the 143rd member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Viet Nam Network Information Centre, which is in charge of managing the national domain name .vn, was assigned by the Ministry of Information and Communication to join the organization.
This is expected to strengthen the nations position in managing the global internet network and increase international co-operation in this field.
A wikipedia entry notes thatICANN is a private non-profit organisation that is "responsible for the coordination of the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers and, in particular, ensuring its stable and secure operation. This work includes coordination of theInternet Protocal address spaces (IPv4 and IPv6) and assignment of address blocks to regional Internet registries, for maintaining registries of Internet protocol identifiers, and for the management of top-level domain name space (DNS root zone), which includes the operation ofroot name servers."
Its "primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes." — VNS