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Successful Candidates Announced for ICANN68 Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – 17 April 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the 22 people from 20 countries that have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN68.

Due to the ICANN Board of Directors' decision that ICANN68 will be held as Virtual Public Meeting rather than an in-person meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 22-25 June 2020 as originally scheduled, all selected candidates for ICANN68 will be deferred to the ICANN70 Community Forum, to be held in Cancún, Mexico, on 20-25 March 2021. The application round for ICANN70 will be opened on 30 July 2020 for additional candidates.

The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business, technical, security, and end user groups.

The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

The ICANN organization received 52 applications for the ICANN68 Fellowship Program.

Click this link to see the list of selected candidates.

Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition

ICANN org will award the first Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition to one of the ICANN68 Fellowship Program participants. One recipient will be awarded at each future ICANN Public Meeting.

The Tarek Kamel Fellowship Recognition is a tribute to Dr. Tarek Kamel, who served as ICANN's Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President of Government and Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) Engagement. The recognition acknowledges outstanding contributions of fellows in furthering ICANN's capacity development efforts in their respective regions. Learn more here.

To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, click here.

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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