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2019 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award Honors Kurt Pritz

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – 24 June 2019 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is honored to announce the recipient of the 2019 Multistakeholder Ethos Award is long-time member of the ICANN community, Kurt Pritz.

The selection panel of representatives from ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees recognized Pritz's dedication to ICANN's multistakeholder model and his ability to achieve consensus among groups with disparate views and priorities.

The Multistakeholder Ethos Award honors members of the ICANN community who have invested in consensus-based solutions and contributed in a substantive way to policymaking within the ICANN ecosystem.

Pritz recently chaired a working group mandated to resolve one of the most significant issues in the ICANN community, a replacement framework for WHOIS. In addition to his work with the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) on Temporary Specification for Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Registration Data, Pritz has also participated in other ICANN working groups and Policy Development Processes such as the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Policy Development Process.

Pritz is a Strategic Planning Board member of UK Creative Ideas, operator of the .art domain registry. He is a former ICANN organization employee, serving in a number of senior roles between 2003 and 2012.

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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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