LOS ANGELES - ICANN announced 60 individuals from 50 countries selected to participate in ICANN's Fellowship program at the 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 28 October - 3 November 2017.
According to ICANN, these successful candidates represent all sectors of society including; civil, government, ccTLD operations, academia, business community, technical, security, and end user groups.
The Fellowship program seeks to create a broader and more diverse base of knowledgeable constituents with priority given to candidates currently living in underserved and underrepresented communities around the world, those who represent diversity of gender, sector, region, experience, expertise, and/or have established financial need. An independent selection committee assessed the 512 Fellowship applications received for this meeting.
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.