Youn Jung Park

Youn Jung Park

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Biography

Youn Jung Park (a.k.a. Y.J. Park) has been actively engaged with national, regional and global Internet Governance dialogues since 1999. She was a member of names council of the Non-Commercial Domain Names Holders' constituency/DNSO/ICANN (1999-2002). She chaired the WG-Review of DNSO, which initiated the review of Domain Name Supporting Organization to improve ICANN back in 2000. While working as the acting chief executive officer of Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (2001-2002), she promoted the concept of multilingual domain names on the Internet working closely with many stakeholders including Internet Society.
 
Y.J. holds a Ph.D. in Information, Science and Technology from Syracuse University. She is a professor in the Department of Technology and Society at SUNY Korea, the State University of New York Korea, where she teaches, advises students and writes on “Internet and Society”. Her main research areas are the governance of Internet related organizations and the participation of different stakeholders in these institutions. Prior to her work at SUNY Korea, Y.J. was a senior research fellow at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TUDelft in the Netherlands where she conducted postdoctoral research on Internet governance.
 
Y.J. Park co-founded the UN WSIS Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus with Wolfgang Kleinwaechter (2003) and served at the UN IGF Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG, 2008-2012). She advises the Korean government on Internet Governance matters and has often been invited by them to serve as an expert member/observer of the Korean delegation at leading international meetings where Internet matters are discussed, including ITU, WSIS and IGF. Y.J. chaired an ad hoc session at the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary meeting in Busan. She is vice-chair of the Asia Pacific regional IGF, serving in that role since 2013. She led the rejuvenation of the Korea ISOC chapter from 2012 and was appointed as its chair in November 2014.

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