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UNH Law Professor Elected Vice Chair of Global Internet Domain Name Policy Committee

Professor Mary W. S. Wong of the University of New Hampshire School of Law has been elected to serve as a vice chair of the Council that manages generic domain name policy development at ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

ICANN is the global entity that coordinates the Internet domain name system, which allows users worldwide to locate and access information online. Its mission is to "coordinate, at the overall level, the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, and in particular to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems." ICANN operates on the basis of a multi-stakeholder consensus model, with participants from governments, industry and civil society.

The Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) oversees all ICANN policy development work relating to generic top-level domain names, such as .com, .org, .biz and .net. Major recent GNSO projects include developing policy recommendations for the upcoming launch of new generic top-level domains, and addressing issues relating to the expansion of internationalized domain names (which will enable domains to be viewed and accessed in non-Latin based languages, such as Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic).

Professor Wong has served on the GNSO Council as an elected representative of ICANN's Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) since 2009. NCSG members include academics, researchers, non-profit organizations and civil society. "As a councilor and now vice chair," she said, "I have the opportunity to participate directly in voluntary work that develops significant Internet policies with global impact."

Wong is a Professor of Law and the Chair of Intellectual Property Graduate Programs at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center). Her research interests are centered on the legal and policy challenges presented by digital technology and the Internet, in particular to the international intellectual property rights framework. She is the immediate past Chair of the International Copyright Committee of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Section, and has served on the ABA's Copyright Reform Task Force. She is a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences on intellectual property and the Internet in North America, Europe and Asia.