Fragments - The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 3, No. 1


ICANN Launches Membership Web Site for Individual Internet Users

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced the launch of its At Large Membership Web site. After considerable public input, the ICANN Board has developed this program as a new way for Internet users from all over the globe to participate directly in the ICANN process. Individuals can register to become ICANN members at

The At Large Membership of ICANN will give individual members of Internet communities worldwide a voice in the selection of Directors to the ICANN Board. By becoming an ICANN member, individuals will have an opportunity to become part of the ICANN "bottom-up" approach to making policy concerning Internet names and addresses. The basic requirements for applying to become an ICANN At Large member are: The completion of an online membership application, a working Internet e-mail address, and a single physical residence verified by a postal mail address. Thanks to a grant from the Markle Foundation, the initial launch of ICANN's At Large Membership program has been funded without the need for membership dues.

The ICANN Board will consider and adopt further policy about composition and structure of the At Large Membership, and establish rules for the nomination and election of candidates for the At Large Council. It is hoped that the target goal of 5,000 members can be reached in the next few weeks in order to move forward with the At Large Elections later this year.

ICANN is a non-profit, international corporation formed to oversee a select set of Internet technical management functions currently managed by the U.S. Government, or by its contractors and volunteers. Specifically, ICANN is assuming responsibility for coordinating the management of the Domain Name System (DNS), the allocation of IP address space, the assignment of protocol parameters, and the management of the root server system.

Online Registration for INET 2000 Now Open

INET 2000, the annual conference of the Internet Society (ISOC) will be held in Yokohama, Japan, July 18-21. You can register for this event by visiting ISOC's Web site at:

Denial of Service Attacks

In early February, several high-profile Internet Web sites were severely disrupted by a number of so-called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. We plan to publish an article on this topic in the future. Mean-while, we recommend you visit the Denial of Service Resource Page at

The Internet Protocol Journal
Ole J. Jacobsen , Editor and Publisher

Editorial Advisory Board

Dr. Vint Cerf , Sr. VP, Internet Architecture and Engineering MCI WorldCom, USA
David Farber
The Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems University of Pennsylvania, USA
Edward R. Kozel , Member of The Board of Directors
Cisco Systems, Inc., USA
Peter Lothberg , Network Architect
Stupi AB, Sweden
Dr. Jun Murai , Professor, WIDE Project
Keio University, Japan
Dr. Deepinder Sidhu , Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Director, Maryland Center for Telecommunications Research, USA
Pindar Wong , Chairman and President
VeriFi Limited, Hong Kong

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