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Mary Wong Assumes New Leadership Role at ICANN

Mary Wong Assumes New Leadership Role at ICANN

Professor Mary Wong, Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, has been named to a new leadership position at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for coordinating the global Internet domain name system.

For the past four years, Professor Wong has been an elected member of ICANN's main policy development council (GNSO) that develops global policies for .com, .org, .net and other generic top-level domain names. These policies cover a wide range of issues from inter-jurisdictional disputes to international trademark protections.

Wong has been selected from a short list of 21 candidates to serve on the policy development council for country-code domain names (ccNSO), the second of the three Supporting Organizations at ICANN. Where the GNSO is responsible for policy development for generic top-level domain names, the ccNSO develops policy for all country-code top-level domain names.

“I'm honored at being selected by ICANN's Nominating Committee to go on the ccNSO Council after serving two terms as an elected member of the GNSO Council,” says Wong. “This new appointment will allow me to learn about another facet of ICANN's multi-stakeholder model while continuing to work on issues of emerging importance for the Internet, such as the introduction of non-Latin script-based domain names, and on creating greater opportunities for cross-community dialogue within ICANN's diverse stakeholder groups.”

Her selection was made by ICANN's Nominating Committee, whose mandate is to ensure that ICANN's leadership is “diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, and perspective [and] that selectees are people of integrity, objectivity and sound judgment, committed to its success, experienced in world affairs, contribute to cultural, professional and geographic expertise, and can work long and hard as volunteers in the global public trust.”

Wong will assume her new position at the end of ICANN's Annual General Meeting this week in Toronto, Canada.