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NextGen@ICANN Program Community Consultation

NextGen@ICANN Program

The ICANN organization is initiating a consultation to identify improvement opportunities for the NextGen@ICANN Program. The goal is to ensure that the program continues to evolve and meet community needs in an efficient and financially sustainable manner.

Survey with Community Groups

The review starts with gathering community input about several aspects of the NextGen@ICANN Program, including its purpose, goals, processes, and synergies with the ICANN academic community.

ICANN community groups are invited to respond to this survey [PDF, 115 KB]. Individuals are encouraged to work with their relevant Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, stakeholder groups, and communities.

Please send survey responses to by 9 September 2019. The results will inform NextGen@ICANN Program revisions.

Note: This survey is intended solely to gather input on the NextGen@ICANN Program, which is designed to provide access to ICANN meetings for students aged 18-30 in the region of the ICANN Public Meeting.

Please do not provide feedback on other newcomer programs, such as the Fellowship Program.

Next Steps

Based on the input received from the survey, ICANN org will draft a proposal for program improvements that will be published for Public Comment.

Once all feedback is received, ICANN org will prepare the final proposal for program improvements. Implementation of program improvements will take effect at least two meetings after the final plan is published.

NextGen@ICANN Review Overview

NextGen@ICANN  Community Consultation Process

Review Timeline

9 July 2019 Initiate Community Consultation process
9 September 2019 Community Consultation questionnaire responses due
Oct - Dec 2019 Public comment process
December 2019 Publish new program processes

For questions about the NextGen@ICANN Program review, please contact the ICANN Public Responsibility Support team at

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