[AfrICANN-discuss] ICANN Meetings Fellowship Programme: Application Round Opens for Cartagena Meeting Fellowships

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 09:36:16 SAST 2010

*Application Round Opens for Cartagena Meeting Fellowships*

Program ensures global representation at ICANN’s International Public

22 July 2010

*MARINA DEL REY, Calif.*: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers has launched the 11th round of the Fellowship program applications
for its 39th International Public Meeting to be held Cartagena, Columbia on
5-10 December 2010.

Over the last 10 meetings, the Fellowship program has proven to be a
successful method of capacity building for the ICANN community, making sure
global voices are heard in the wide variety of public forums that it holds.
As CEO Rod Beckstrom said when addressing the Russian Internet Governance
Forum in Moscow last May, *“The Internet is a work in progress. It feeds and
grows off ideas, and new ideas greatly affect its direction. Its most
influential contributors are those who can see the possibilities that others
don’t. And the most powerful are those whose ideas trigger the imagination
of others.”* We see the Fellowship program playing a major role in bringing
those great ideas and idea makers into the Internet community.

Priority in selection is given to applicants who are current residents of
developing and least developed nations and interested in participating in
ICANN and its supporting organizations, such as the Governmental Advisory
Committee, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization, the At-Large and
the Generic Names Supporting Organization. The Fellowship program will
assist in covering airfare, hotel and a stipend. Recipients will be expected
to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN processes. As always,
registration for ICANN’s meetings is free for anyone wanting to attend.

*Applications for the meeting in Cartagena will be accepted from now until
1200 PDT (UTC -7) on 1 September 2010. More information, as well as a link
to the application for a fellowship, is available online at:
https://forms.icann.org/fellowship/applications/icann39/ or email at
fellowships at icann.org*

*What Is ICANN?*

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into
your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so
computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique
identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one
global Internet.

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation
with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet
secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops
policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it
doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role
of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the
expansion and evolution of the Internet.
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