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Successful Candidates Selected for NextGen@ICANN64

LOS ANGELES – 9 November 2018 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the successful candidates who will participate in the NextGen program at ICANN64 to be held in Kobe, Japan, from 9 to 14 March 2019.

The 12 individuals currently study law, economics, cybersecurity or computer science in universities across the Asia Pacific region. In addition, 3 individuals who attended a previous ICANN Public Meeting with the NextGen program will serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

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

The individuals selected as NextGen@ICANN64 participants are:

Han Bo Tsinghua University
Ananya Singh Utkal University
Wenkai Jin Tsinghua University & School of Journalism and Communications
Elliott John Mann Swinburne University of Technology / Law School
Desh Deepak Dwivedi Peking University HSBC Business School, Shenzhen
Nisal Dileepa Waduge University of Moratuwa
Dikchya Raut National Law College, Tribhuvan University
Aisyah Shakirah Suhaidi Universiti Malaya
Korry Tyler Kin Ping Luke Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Jaewon Son Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University
Do Tuan Anh Keio University
Mariko Kobayashi Keio University

The individuals selected as ICANN64 ambassadors are:

Sávyo Vinícius de Morais ICANN62
Peter Cihon ICANN58
Haley Lepp ICANN61

Click here for more information about the NextGen@ICANN program.

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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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