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The Nominating Committee for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is looking for volunteers to help it with the global task of coordinating the Internetís unique identifiers.
"The Internet is the most powerful communications tool in human history ó and the incredible story is how much of this has been accomplished by dedicated volunteers," said Hagen Hultzsch, Chair of the Nominating Committee (NomCom). "ICANNís work coordinating the Internetís addressing system is at the foundation of the Internet and its future ó and we are always looking for people who want to make a contribution."
"The issues are fascinating ó for example how do you allow the potential seven billion Internet users to express themselves in their own language in a domain name? How do you expand the domain names available at the top level?" Hultzsch added. "These are just two issues ICANN grapples with."
The Nominating Committee today launched an updated and easier to use website [http://nomcom.icann.org/] outlining how people can apply for positions currently open on ICANNís Board and its Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. Those positions are:
2 Board Directors
* 1 GNSO Council member
* 1 ccNSO Council member
* 2 ALAC Committee members (Europe and North America)
"The people who volunteer in the ICANN community have helped build the Internet and its connections over the years," Hultzsch added. "If individuals are interested in the future of the Internet and are excited by the prospect of working with the people who helped build the network, then the NomCom invites them to provide a Statement of Interest based on the form available at the web pages."
The Nominating Committee is designed to function independently from the Board, the Supporting Organizations, and Advisory Committees.