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Call for SO/AC Nominations to the New ICANN Fellowship Selection Committee and Guidance on Outreach Goals

LOS ANGELES – 13 August 2018 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced upcoming changes to the New Fellowship Program Approach following the end of its public comment period. ICANN Supporting Organizations (SO) and Advisory Committees (AC) are invited to contribute as follows:

  1. Set two-year outreach and promotion goals

    As part of the revised Fellowship Program, the ICANN organization will implement targeted outreach and promotion. SOs/ACs are being asked to provide guidance on diversity goals for the program. These may include, but are not limited to, skills and experience, stakeholder group affiliation, region, gender, and language. ICANN org will use this list of goals to inform the program’s outreach and promotion strategy. Input is welcome on any specific local, regional, or global events where promoting the Fellowship Program would help identify strong candidates. These goals will be revised by the SOs/ACs every two years.

  2. Nominate ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee Members for two-year terms

    The revised program will feature a new ICANN Fellowship Program Selection Committee starting on 26 October 2018. The Selection Committee will be composed of seven members, one from each participating SO/AC. SOs/ACs are encouraged to visit this link for more information on responsibilities and expectations associated with this role. Please nominate one Selection Committee member from your respective SO/AC who wishes to participate and is prepared to meet the expectations.

SOs/ACs must complete this form [DOCX, 80 KB] to indicate their goals and their nominee and send it to fellowshipconsultation@icann.org by 10 September 2018.

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 not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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