Ensuring Global Voices Heard at ICANN Cairo Meeting

Those interested in participating encouraged to apply to Fellowship ProgramICANN is putting out the call for fellowship program applications for its 33rd International Public Meeting to be held in Cairo from 2-6 November 2008.”As a global organization, coordinating a bottom-up consensus driven policy process, it’s important that ICANN has input from every corner of the globe. The fellowship program helps ensure we have participation at ICANN meetings from people and places that may not be able to participate otherwise,” said Theresa Swinehart , ICANN’s Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships.At the most recent meeting held in New Delhi, India, in February, there were 18 fellows from 15 countries who played an active role at the meeting. They were chosen from 72 applications received. Of the fellows at the New Delhi meeting, five had been deferred from previous round selection, 11 had never attended an ICANN meeting before, and one was an alumnus from the San Juan meeting.Priority is given to applicants who are current residents of developing and least developed nations and interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations, such as the Governmental Advisory Committee, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, and the Generic Names Supporting Organization. The fellowship program will provide economy airfare, hotel and a stipend to the successful candidates. Recipients will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN processes, both at the meeting and in the future as a member of the ICANN community. As always, registration for ICANN’s meetings is free for anyone wanting to attend.Applications will be accepted from now until 12:00 pm PDT (UTC -7) 3 July 2008. More information, as well as a link to the application for a fellowship, is available online at: icann.org/fellowshipsAbout ICANN:ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet’s operation, so ICANN’s global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet’s ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit: icann.org.Media Contacts:Jason Keenan
Media Adviser, ICANN (USA)
Ph: +1 310 382 4004
E: jason.keenan@icann.orgInternational: Andrew Robertson
Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson@edelman.comThis news release was sourced from icann.org/announcements/announcement-20may08.htm.

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