LOS ANGELES – 9 March 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) organization is pleased to announce that 44 individuals from 34 countries have been selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 62nd Public Meeting in Panama City.
ICANN62 is scheduled for 24-28 June 2018. It is a Policy Forum, so only alumni of the Fellowship Program were eligible to apply. The selected candidates represent all sectors of society including; civil, government, ccTLD operations, academia, business community, technical, security, and end user groups.
The Fellowship program seeks to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents with priority given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, expertise, and/or have established financial need. 79 Fellowship applications were received from the ICANN62 Fellowship application round.
Along with selected Alumni of the program, 15 newcomers have been selected from Latin America and Caribbean region to participate in ICANN62 within the framework of the Regional Newcomers Fellowship Pilot.
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 not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.