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ICANN Seeking Mentor for Global Indigenous Ambassador Program

LOS ANGELES – 27 July 2017 - Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a call for a volunteer to serve as a mentor for the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program.

ICANN announced the creation of the Global Indigenous Ambassador Program in June 2017. The program establishes two Indigenous Ambassadors, which will be selected from underrepresented indigenous communities. Through the inclusion of a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents, ICANN will be better equipped to support the next generation of the global Internet community.

ICANN is now accepting applications for anyone interested in serving as a mentor for the two Global Indigenous Ambassadors. Mentors must be familiar with ICANN and At-Large, and have been active in one of the constituencies. Mentors must also meet a number of criteria, which are listed on this webpage, as well as follow all of the requirements for coaches as described in the ICANN Fellowship Program's handbook for coaches.

The selected mentor will receive travel and hotel accommodations, as well as a per diem, for ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which will be held from 28 October – 3 November 2017.

The deadline for submitting an application has been extended to 3 August 2017. Applications are available here.

ICANN encourages anyone who is qualified to apply for this special opportunity!

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.


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