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Internet Society Announces New Application Round for the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF

Afilias Global Registry Services adds its support as corporate sponsor of the program.

RESTON, VA and GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - 8 August 2007 - Continuing its longstanding commitment to build technical capacity in less developed countries, the Internet Society (ISOC) today announced that it is seeking applications for the next round of the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF program The program offers engineers from developing countries fellowships that fund the cost of attending an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting.

The IETF is the Internet's premier standards-making body, responsible for the development of protocols used in IP-based networks. IETF participants represent an international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers involved in the technical operation of the Internet and the continuing evolution of Internet architecture.

Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive application process. The Internet Society is currently accepting fellowship applications for two IETF meetings:

  • IETF 70 being held in Vancouver, Canada on December 2-7 2007, and
  • IETF 71 being held in Philadelphia, USA on March 9-14, 2008

Up to five fellowships will be awarded for each IETF meeting.

The Internet Society is also pleased to announce that Afilias Global Registry Services has lent its support as a corporate sponsor of the program.

"The IETF is an important resource where members of the technical community come together to develop standards that support the core infrastructure of the Internet. The Internet infrastructure protocols developed in the IETF make technology interoperable and lead it into the future. Afilias is pleased to contribute to assisting individuals from developing countries be a part of this global forum," said Ram Mohan, Chief Technology Officer of Afilias. Afilias is also a Platinum member of the Internet Society.

"The ISOC Fellowship to the IETF has attracted interest from many talented individuals from around the world. Afilias' support will help ensure that engineers from developing countries have an opportunity to participate first-hand in the work of the IETF," said Lynn St. Amour, ISOC's President and CEO.

Internet Society is welcoming multiple corporate sponsorships for the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF. In January of this year, Google, Inc became the program's first corporate sponsor.

The Internet Society formally launched the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF program in January 2007 after successfully piloting the program during 2006 at IETF 66 in Montreal and IETF 67 in San Diego. Fifteen individuals from 12 countries have participated in the program since its inception. Full details on the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF, including how to apply, are located on the ISOC website at www.isoc.org/educpillar/fellowship. Fellowship applications for both IETF meetings are due by 7 September 2007.

About ISOC

The Internet Society (www.isoc.org) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington, DC, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world.

About the IETF

The IETF (www.ietf.org) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet.