• ABC's of ICANN Acronyms

last modified May 20, 2011 by tomlowenhaupt

­­­­­­Internet governance is frequently referred to as alphabet soup. Below are acronyms and other key terminology that might assist one's understanding of the processes.

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Acronym Explanation Links / Additional Information
ACP Administrative Challenge Panels http://www.gtld-mou.org/docs/tracps.htm
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution http://www.gtld-mou.org/docs/dispute.html
AFA Association des Fournisseurs d'Acces à Internet (French Access Providers Association) http://www.afa-france.com
AFNIC (NIC-France) Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération http://www.nic.fr
AfriNIC African NIC http://www.afrinic.org
AFTLD African ccTLDs http://www.wwtld.org/aftld.txt
AIRA American Internet Registrants Association http://www.aira.org
Affirmation of Commitments

APRAM Association des Practiciens en Droits des Marques et des Modèles -
APTLD Council of the Asia Pacific country code Top Level Domains http://www.aptld.org
APNG Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) http://www.apng.org
APNIC Asia-Pacific Network Information Center http://www.apnic.net
ARIN American Registry for Internet Numbers. http://www.arin.net
ARPA Advanced Research Projects Agency (See also DARPA) http://www.darpa.mil
BIND Berkeley Internet Name Domain http://www.isc.org/bind.html
CABASE Camara Argentina de Internet, el Comercio Electrónico, los Contenidos y Servicios On Line http://www.cabase.org.ar
CAIP Canadian Association of Internet Providers http://www.caip.ca
CDT Center for Democracy and Technology http://www.cdt.org
CENTR Council of European National Top level domain Registries http://www.centr.org
CIGREF Club Informatique des Grandes Entreprises Françaises http://www.cigref.fr
CIX Commercial Internet Exchange http://www.cix.org
CNRI Corporation for National Research Initiatives http://www.cnri.reston.va.us
CORE Council of Registrars http://www.corenic.org
CORE-MoU Council of Registrars Memorandum of Understanding http://www.gtld-mou.org/docs/core-mou.htm
DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency http://www.darpa.mil
DNS Domain Name System -
DOC US Department of Commerce http://www.doc.gov
EC European Commission/European Community http://europa.eu.int
ECTA European Communities Trade Mark Association http://www.ecta.org
eCOMLAC Federacion Latinoamericana y del Caribe para Internet y el Comercio Electronico http://www.ecom-lac.org
ENRED Foro Latinoamericano de Redes http://www.reuna.cl/vi-foro/
ETNO European Public Telecommunications Network Operators Association http://www.etno.be
ETSI European Telecommunications Standards Institute http://www.etsi.fr
EuroInternet European Internet Business Association http://www.eurointernet.org
EuroISPA European Internet Services Provider Associations http://www.euroispa.org
FCC U.S. Federal Communications Commission
gTLD generic Top Level Domain (not associated with country code) -
gTLD-MoU Generic Top Level Domain Memorandum of Understanding http://www.gtld-mou.org
IAB Internet Architecture Board http://www.iab.org/iab
IAHC International Ad Hoc Committee http://www.iahc.org
IANA Internet Assigned Numbers Authority http://www.iana.org
ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers http://www.icann.org
ICC International Chamber of Commerce http://www.iccwbo.org
IETF Internet Engineering Task Force http://www.ietf.org
IESG Internet Engineering Steering Group http://www.ietf.org/iesg.html
Internet Governance Forum (UN sponsored)
INTA International Trademark Association http://www.inta.org
IOPS.ORG Group of commercial Internet Service Providers http://www.iops.org
iPOC gTLD-MoU Interim Policy Oversight Committee http://www.gtld-mou.org
ISA Interactive Services Association http://www.isa.net
ISO International Organization for Standardization http://www.iso.ch
ISOC Internet Society http://www.isoc.org
ISP Internet Service Provider -
ISPA-uk Internet Services Providers Association of the UK http://www.ispa.org.uk/
ITAA Information Technology Association of America http://www.itaa.org
ITU International Telecommunication Union http://www.itu.int
LACTLD Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs http://www.lactld.org
MARQUES Association of European Brand Owners http://www.martex.co.uk/marques/
MoU Memorandum of Understanding -
MPAA Motion Picture Association of America http://www.mpaa.org
NANC North American Numbering Council -
NANP North American Numbering Plan -
NIC Network Information Center -
NSF US National Science Foundation http://www.nsf.gov
NSI Network Solutions, Inc. http://www.netsol.com
NSI Registrar The initial Registry-Registrars functions of the NSI has been splitted into two names: NSI Registry and NSI Registrar. http://www.netsol.com
VeriSign Global Registry Services Sep 2000: the name "NSI Registry" has been changed to "VeriSign Global Registry Services" http://www.netsol.com
NTIA US National Telecommunications and Information Agency http://www.ntia.doc.gov
OECD Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development http://www.oecd.org
PAB gTLD-MoU Policy Advisory Body http://www.gtld-mou.org
POC gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee http://www.gtld-mou.org
RFC Request for Comments -
RIPE Réseaux IP Européens http://www.ripe.net
SRS Shared Registratry System http://www.gtld-mou.org/press/core-1.htm
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol -
TLD Top Level Domain -
URL Uniform Resource Locator -
USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office http://www.uspto.gov
WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization http://www.wipo.int
WTO World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org
WWTLD World-wide Alliance of Top Level Domains http://www.wwtld.org

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