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Introducing the ICANN for Beginners Virtual Program

5 October 2022

Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announces a new initiative to introduce newcomers to ICANN and to the important role it plays in the Internet ecosystem.

The ICANN for Beginners Virtual Program comprises a series of interactive webinars held via Zoom and will provide participants an overview of the global Internet ecosystem. The program will also guide newcomers on how they can join the global community and help shape Internet governance.

Tailored to those new to ICANN and held fully virtually, each of the one-hour webinars will focus on a specific topic of interest. The webinars will be moderated by experienced ICANN staff members with the goal to strengthen the knowledge about and foster participation at ICANN. The newcomers will come away with a better understanding of how the Internet works and importance of keeping the Internet open, free, and safe for all.

Participation in the program's webinars will complement ICANN's other newcomer programs, such as the Fellowship Program and NextGen@ICANN Program.

How to participate:

Participating is easy, free, and open to all. No prior technical or Internet governance experience is necessary. The first webinar "ICANN for Beginners: An Introduction" will be held during two time slots (you only need to register for one of the webinars):

  • 2 November 2022 at 1400 UTC
    Click here to register
  • 3 November 2022 at 0600 UTC
    Click here to register

Closing date for registration: 1 November 2022. The webinars are in English only. Recordings will be posted here after the webinars.

For enquiries, please email: beginners@icann.org.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.