Saint Lucia was officially welcomed as one of five new members to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) at the GAC Opening Plenary, Saturday, in Los Angeles.
The GAC is an advisory committee to the international Internet Corporation, ICANN.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a non-profit that has responsibility for several Internet processes, like Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic Top-Level Domain name system management (gTLD), country code Top-Level Domain name system management (ccTLD), and root server system management functions. Previously, these services were performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and other entities under US Government contract. ICANN now performs the IANA function.
The GAC, as a subset of ICANN, provides guidance on issues of public policy—especially where there may be an interaction between ICANN’s activities or policies and national laws or international agreements.
GAC members benefit from the international exchange of information and technical innovations, and give advice on policies, laws and matters of public interest in regard to ICANN’s internet operations.
The four other members welcomed to the GAC last week were Albania, the Dominican Republic, Gambia, and Niger.