Fellows Announced for ICANN's Cairo Meeting | Participants ensure wide global input in meeting discussions

19 August 2008

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MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers today announced the 28 successful fellowship applicants who will be attending ICANN's 33rd International Public Meeting in Cairo this November. Please click on http://www.icann.org/en/fellowships to see the complete list of candidates selected as Cairo fellows.

"ICANN's fellowship program helps make sure we have the widest possible representation from the developing and least developed world," said Theresa Swinehart, ICANN's Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships. "As a global entity with a global mandate we need to hear from every corner of the globe, but some countries and Internet users just didn't have the resources to attend. The fellowship program helps bridge that gap."

For the Cairo Meeting, there are 29 fellows from 25 countries, chosen from 89 applications received. There are 11 fellowship alumni, 11fellows are first-time attendees to an ICANN meeting and the remaining 7 have attended past meetings, but are first time fellows.

When applications are assessed by an independent selection committee, priority is given to applicants who are current residents of developing or least developed nations 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 will assist in covering airfare, hotel and a stipend. Recipients will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN processes. As always, registration for ICANN's meetings is free for anyone wanting to attend. The Cairo meeting will be held from 2-7 Nov 2008.

"The Cairo meeting is an historic one for ICANN and marks our 10th anniversary as an organization," Swinehart added. "Our entire community will welcome the fellows' participation and their input on key discussions we will be having around Internationalized Domain Names and new generic top level domains."

 About 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: www.icann.org.

Media Contacts:

Jason Keenan
Media Adviser, ICANN
Ph: +1 310 382 4004
E: jason.keenan@icann.org

International: Andrew Robertson
Edelman (London)
Ph: +44 7921 588 770
E: andrew.robertson@edelman.com