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ICANN Chair Opens Doors to Participation | Whoever you are, wherever you are, get involved

15 November 2007

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RIO DE JANEIRO: ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush took the opportunity of the last day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio to urge everyone at the conference to get involved and participate in ICANN.

"Whoever you are, wherever you are, if you are interested in finding out more about ICANN, or its work, the door is open," Dengate Thrush said. "Please walk in."

ICANN's organizational model has been specifically designed to allow everyone to contribute, from business to governments to the technical community to everyday Internet users.

There are three supporting organizations and five advisory committees that make-up ICANN's policy-making processes: every one of these is able to introduce suggestions for policy change or creation, and make comments on policy suggestions from others.

"If you want to participate in ICANN's work but don't know where to start; if you are uncertain about which supporting organization you should join; or if you are just looking for an explanation about how the organization works, please just email us," Dengate Thrush added. "We have set up a single email address to deal with requests, and we will be glad to hear from you."

The email address, get-involved@icann.org, is intended to help people understand ICANN's structure and system and direct people to the representatives of the most appropriate supporting organizations or advisory committee for assistance.

To make that process simpler and more efficient, please arrange your email in the following way.

First name:
Last name:
Organization you represent:
Nature of your organization:

Government | Individual Internet user | Commercial company | Non-commercial company | Technical community | Other
What would you like to know (e.g. how ICANN makes decisions; how to join a particular support organization)?

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 (USA)
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