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ICANN Announces Selected Participants For NextGen@ICANN65

LOS ANGELES – 8 February 2019 – Today, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the names of the individuals selected to participate in the NextGen program at ICANN65, to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24 to 27 June 2019.

An independent selection committee selected successful candidates by reviewing their current field of studies and interest in the Internet ecosystem's ongoing work on global policy and Internet governance.

These 12 individuals are currently engaged in studies in African universities in the fields of computer science, law, and information technology. In addition, three individuals who attended a previous ICANN public meeting with the NextGen program will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

ICANN65 NextGen selected candidates:

Innocent Adriko Uganda Institute of Info and Comms Technology
Eileen Nay Kwipoya Technical University of Kenya
Vallarie Wendy Yiega University of Nairobi School of Law
Souad Abidi Higher school of computer science ESI-Alg
Levy Syanseke University of Zambia
Sulaimon Moriam Omowunmi University of Ilorin
Nour El Houda Zouabi Campus Universitaire El Manar
Saffie Bobb American International University West Africa
Cynthia Jade Makory Kenya School of Law
Adisa Bolutife University of Lagos
Yashvi Paupiah University of Mauritius
Oluwaseun Sanjo Ajani University of Ibadan

Candidates selected as ICANN65 ambassadors:

Melchizedek Alipio ICANN60
Nertil Berdufi ICANN58
Ihita Gangavarapu ICANN57

Click here for more information about the NextGen 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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