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Establishment of the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul

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SEOUL, Republic of Korea – 12 January 2018 – Today, the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the establishment of a partnership center known as the Internet and DNS Engagement Center in Seoul (the "Center').

This initiative elevates KISA and ICANN's partnership, established in November 2013 with the signing of the KISA-ICANN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Per the objectives of the MOU, the Center will provide an avenue to foster dialogue and mutual understanding between KISA, ICANN as well as the wider Korean and regional Internet community. The Center will facilitate ICANN's engagement with Korean and regional stakeholders; and carry out cooperation programs in collaboration with ICANN and other Internet Governance Organizations, such as the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA).

This initiative enhances KISA's involvement to engage the wider Internet community as it commits its staff and resources to the Center. The Center's staff will remain as KISA's employees and report directly to KISA. They are in charge of the Center's activities, working directly with the ICANN APAC regional office, and any other partners.

Korean stakeholders can continue to reach ICANN in their local language directly via korea.liaison@icann.org.

The contact details of the Center are as follows:

Seoul Internet and DNS Engagement Center
11F Platinum Tower
398 Seocho-daero, Seocho-gu
Seoul 06619
Republic of Korea

Phone: +82 2 405 6592
Fax: +82 2 405 6593

About KISA

KISA is a government agency dedicated to promoting Internet and information security and contributing to Korea's Global Competitiveness. KISA has set 'Internet Promotion' for the future and 'Information Security' for our safety as its primary tasks, and is focusing on enhancing the information security capacity of Korea's ICT industry while expanding global cooperative partnerships based on the K-ICT Security Development Strategy, in order that these twin pillars may serve as the core competencies of the future Korea in equal and harmonious measure. KISA, founded in 2009 through a merger of three separate organizations, is dedicated to developing Korea's Internet industry and information security capabilities. As an Internet and security promotion agency armed with global competitiveness, KISA will maintain its commitment to creating a safe and happy Internet world.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - 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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