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International Relations Unit

The International Relations Unit handles relations for the Registry with international organizations in order to compare experiences with other ccTLDs and to develop best practices. The Registry participates actively to the meetings of the most important international organizations to ensure that the organization is authoritative and to foster international harmonization.

The Unit also supplies technical advice and guidance in matters related to .it, at the request of the italian government bodies responsible for the Internet, for the formulation of shared positions at the national and international level.

The main organizations to which the Registry participates are: ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers); RIPE (Réseaux IP Européennes); CENTR (Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries), ISOC (Internet Society).

  • ICANN is responsible for assigning IP addresses and for managing the system of first level domain names (Top-Level Domain), generic domain names (gTLD), geographic (ccTLD) and root server systems.
  • ccNSO (country code Names Supporting Organization) is a body within the ICANN structure created for and by ccTLD representatives. Since its creation in 2003, the ccNSO has provided a forum for country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) to meet and discuss topical issues of concern to ccTLDs from a global perspective. It is not a decision-making body but advisory.
  • CENTR is the non profit organization of European ccTLDs. It provides a forum for discussion on the policies of the ccTLD Registries and acts as a channel of communication with local governors of the Internet and organizations involved with the Internet itself.
  • RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally.
  • ISOC is an international organization under US law for the promotion of the use and access to the Internet. Founded by the pioneers of the Internet, its mission is to promote the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of the population of the world.

Technologist and technicians experts in the field of domain names participate to the various international working groups and meetings according to their specific expertize.

The International Relations Unit represents the framework in which all international activities concerning the Registry  and the structure of the Domain Name System are planned, implemented and supported. The Unit and its activities is a reference for all Registrars.