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Welcome!  ICANN59 will be our second ever Policy Forum. This four-day meeting is focused on current policy development work, outreach, and daily opportunities to network with the community . For general information about ICANN59, please visit https://meetings.icann.org/en/johannesburg59.
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William Drake

University of Zurich
International Fellow & Lecturer
William J. Drake is an International Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. He is also a faculty member of the European and South schools on Internet governance, and an Affiliated Researcher at the Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University. Previous activities have included: three terms as Chair of the NonCommercial Users Constituency, seven terms on the Board the European At Large Organization, two terms on the Nominating Committee, and two terms on the GNSO Council in ICANN; member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum; expert advisor to the high-level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms; member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance; member of the inaugural Coordination Committee of the NETmundial Initiative; member of the Group of High-Level Advisors of UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development; Vice Chair and founding Steering Committee member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network; advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative and its Task Force on the Global Digital Divide; and co-editor of the MIT Press book series, The Information Revolution and Global Politics. Previous work experience has included: Senior Associate at the Centre for International Governance at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies; President of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility; Senior Associate and Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; founding Associate Director of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University; Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego; and adjunct professor at the School of Advanced International Studies and the Georgetown School of Business. Recent books include: Drake (ed.), The Working Group on Internet Governance: 10th Anniversary Reflections (Johannesburg: The Association for Progressive Communications, 2016); and Drake and Monroe Price (eds.), Internet Governance: The NETmundial Roadmap (Los Angeles: USC Annenberg Press, 2014). He holds PhD, M.Phil and M.A. degrees in Political Science from Columbia University.