(Gawkwire) – Addressing the ICANN Public Meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica’s 49th President, Laura Chinchilla said, “The Internet is the hope of an integrated world without frontiers, a common world without controlling owners, a world of opportunities and equality. This is a utopia that we have been dreaming about and is a world in which each and every one of us are protagonists of a destiny that we have in our hands.”

She stressed the importance of increasing broadband access for Costa Ricans. “We want to bridge the digital gap to provide broadband access to 100 per cent of our educational institutions and to make it widely available to all people,” said President Chinchilla. “We want to allow Costa Ricans to make a qualitative leap in our development and go to an economy based on innovation and developing a broadband infrastructure in order to overcome the barrier of 15 per cent penetration."

The President made her comments in the welcoming session of ICANN’s 43rd public meeting. ICANN Board Chair Steve Crocker described the President’s speech as "wonderful," and said it would be remembered around the world. The President’s remarks received a standing ovation and many in the audience stressed that they considered the President’s visit a great honor for ICANN.

“Costa Rica is fully integrated into the international movement that works towards the achievement of e-government, seeking an improvement in the quality of life, and seeking a more competitive state that will improve the productivity of our companies and attract foreign investment in a more dynamic way,” said President Chinchilla.

President Chinchilla noted ICANN’s ability to involve participants in its meeting sessions from around the world. “Your promotion of virtual international meetings is helping to eliminate carbon footprints.”

    To download high resolution pictures of President Chinchilla at the ICANN meeting, go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/icann/page7/

    To read a transcript of President Chinchilla remarks: http://costarica43.icann.org/node/29527.

    To learn more about ICANN’s Costa Rica meeting, go here: http://costarica43.icann.org/full-schedule.

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Brad White

Director of Global Media Affairs

Washington, D.C.

Tel. +1 (202) 570 7118

brad.white(at)icann(dot)org

Andrew Robertson

Edelman Public Relations

London, U.K.

Tel. + 44 (7811) 341 945

andrew.Robertson(at)edelman(dot)com

About ICANN: ICANN’s mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: http://www.icann.org.



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