[AfrICANN-discuss] Application Round Opens for San Francisco
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Application Round Opens for San Francisco Fellowships
Program ensures global representation at ICANN's International Public
5 October 2010
*MARINA DEL REY, Calif.*: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers is launching the 12th round of applications for the Fellowship
program, to facilitate participation in ICANN's 40th International Public
Meeting to be held San Francisco, California on 13-18 March 2011.
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.
Per the program charter, applicants must be citizens of economically
eligible countries (ICANN uses the World Bank classification) and priority
in selection is given to applicants who are current residents of the region
that a ICANN meeting is being held in, as well as those who are active or
interested in participating in ICANN and its supporting organizations and
advisory committees. In this case, as the United States is not an
economically eligible country, applicants from all other ICANN regions will
be equally weighted (as long as applicant meets program minimum
requirements). 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, in and after the ICANN meeting. As always,
registration for an ICANN meeting is free for anyone wanting to attend.
Applications for the meeting in San Francisco will be accepted from now
until 1200 PDT (UTC -7) on 12 November 2010. More information, as well as a
link to the application for a fellowship, is available online at:
http://www.icann.org/en/fellowships/ or email fellowships at icann.org if you
encounter a problem.
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
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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