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ICANN Announces Participants NextGen@ICANN62

LOS ANGELES – 6 April 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the names of the individuals who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN62, to be held in Panama City, Panama, from 25 to 28 June 2018.

The 15 individuals are currently engaged in studies in Latin American universities in the fields of computer science, law, and human rights. In addition, five individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

An independent selection committee assessed the candidates. The committee selected the successful candidates based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem relating to global policy and Internet governance.

The individuals selected as ICANN62 NextGen participants are:

Cristina De Los Ángeles Morales Universidad Centroamericana
Élisson Diones Cazumbá Cerqueira Pinto Federal Institute of Bahia
Gustavo Diógenes de Oliveira Paiva Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Jaqueline Trevisan Pigatto San Tiago Dantas
Jhon Aldemar Caballero Martinez Universidad Externado de Colombia
Luisa Verónica Arroyo Revatta Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Mariana Canto Sobral Federal University of Pernambuco
Mariana Palma Vidotti UNOPAR
Natalia Ramos Takeda Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo
Paulo César Tavares Filho Catholic University of Pernambuco
Rocio Agustina de la Fuente Universidad de San Andres
Sara Rebeca Aguilar Fratty Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Sávyo Vinícius de Morais Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Yawri Carr Quirós University of Costa Rica
Yiced Adriana Alvarez León Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander Ocaña

The individuals selected as ICANN62 ambassadors are:

Amira Elhlw ICANN59
Ani Mkrtchyan ICANN60
Clement Genty ICANN58
Huthaifa Albustanji ICANN55
Mauricia Abdol ICANN59

Click here for more information about the NextGen program.


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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