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ICANN Announces NextGen@ICANN69 Participants

LOS ANGELES – 26 June 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the individuals selected to participate in the NextGen@ICANN program for ICANN69 from 17-22 October 2020. ICANN69 was originally intended to be held in Hamburg, Germany, but has been moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All NextGen@ICANN program activities for ICANN69 will be held virtually as well.

The 12 selectees attend universities in the European region, where they study computer science, law, and business. An independent committee selected the ICANN69 NextGen participants based on their current studies and interest in global policy and Internet governance.

ICANN69 NextGen@ICANN program participants:

Oier Albizuri Gomez Mondragon University
Zokirov Ugli Far Eastern Federal University
Marko Paloski Ss.Cyril and Methodius University
Güllü Akcaova Open Universiteit
Ferran Farré de Febrer Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Fabio Monnet Université de Genève
Neli Odishvili University of Georgia School of Law
Kris Shrishak Sridaran Technical University Darmstadt
Mariam Tsiklauri University of Georgia
Ares Jakupi University for Business and Technology
Daniel Kalemi American College of Thessaloniki
Lennart Schulze Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Stuttgart


Click here for more information about the NextGen Program.


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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