Yesterday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the candidates selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at the ICANN78 Annual General Meeting 21–26 October 2023. Forty applicants from 36 countries will take part in the meeting in Hamburg, Germany. The ICANN organization (org) received 351 applications for the ICANN78 Fellowship Program.
The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including civil, government, country code top-level domain operations, academia, business, technical, security, and end-user groups.
The Fellowship Program seeks individuals who are interested or already engaged in various aspects of ICANN’s work, such as policy making, the operation of the Domain Name System, and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.
Adebunmi Akinbo from Nigeria has been selected as the recipient of the Paul Muchene Fellow Award among the ICANN78 Fellows. The Paul Muchene Fellow Award is a tribute to Paul Muchene, an ICANN Fellowship Program participant and ICANN org staff member who passed away in August 2022.
For the records, Paul Muchene was instrumental to the success of the first DNS Africa Academy stepdown that created a first National Academy in Africa. the Nigeria DNS Academy during the Nigeria DNS Forum in 2022.
To learn more about the ICANN Fellowship Program, visit its website.