Some 29 fellows have been selected from 24 countries for the upcoming Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting in Canada.
ICANN members and stakeholders will convene in Toronto between October 14th and 19th for the organization’s 44th public meeting, and through the Fellowship Program, a number of individuals from underprivileged nations will be in attendance.
Now in its fifth year, the purpose of the program is to increase participation in the ICANN community, particularly in nations with low internet penetration levels.
Applications for each meeting are assessed by an independent selection committee, and must meet minimum program requirements.
Some 116 applications were received for the autumn 2012 meetings, where key issues relating to the global operation of the internet will be discussed.
The Fellowship Program arranges airfare and hotel, as well as provides a stipend, following successful completion of the fellowship program, to assist with some meeting costs incurred
Recipients will be expected to actively participate in and contribute to ICANN processes during and after the meeting.
ICANN’s 43rd public meeting is scheduled to take place in Costa Rica between March 11th and 16th 2012.