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Call for Community Groups to Nominate NextGen@ICANN Mentors and Selection Committee Members

LOS ANGELES – 28 September 2020 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites ICANN's Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, Stakeholder Groups, Constituencies, and Regional At-Large Organizations to nominate volunteers to serve on the NextGen@ICANN Selection Committee and to serve as NextGen@ICANN mentors. Each group is welcome to nominate one individual for each role.

  • Selection Committee: A time commitment of approximately 20 hours over three weeks for each application round is required. Selection Committee members will typically serve for two years, or six application rounds.
  • Mentors: A time commitment of approximately 24 hours each round is expected, including extensive pre-meeting preparation and on-site support for their assigned NextGen mentees. Mentors spend about 10 hours per week during the 6-week preparation period in advance of the meeting and about two hours per day providing on-site support at the ICANN meeting. Mentors will typically serve for one year, or three meetings. Mentors are expected to follow NextGen@ICANN Program guidelines to help ensure consistency in capacity development opportunities. Mentors will receive travel funding support.

Mentors cannot serve on the Selection Committee at the same time they are serving as mentors. If several community groups nominate volunteers for each role, the length of service may be reduced to allow for greater stakeholder diversity.

For more information on the guidelines and expectations, please visit this page for more information about Mentors and this page for the Selection Committee.

Interested community groups should select their respective NextGen@ICANN volunteers by 15 October and notify Deborah Escalera at nextgen@icann.org. Individual self-nominations will not be considered.

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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