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ICANN Elections Open To Public

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Australians will be able to participate in an online election, choosing five directors to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board, which is responsible for administering domain names globally.

Members of ICANN's At Large Membership can become part of what the corporation calls a "bottom up approach" to policy making.

Senator Richard Alston encouraged Australians to sign on, saying that ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet to promote competition and achieve a broad representation of the Internet community. "Australians are among the most prolific users of the Internet in the world - this is a chance for us to actively participant [sic] in Internet development," he said.

The membership is closed to those under 16, anyone else with an e-mail address can join. The five directors will be selected regionally, with one from each of: Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean and North America.