Kobe, Japan, Mar 13 (GCBusiness) In a very keenly contested election for the Chair of Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) which is supported by the International Internet Body (ICANN), Indian IT Firm Data Xgen’s Chief Dr Ajay Data was declared elected on Wednesday and he becomes the first Asian to occupy this prestigious post.
During the ongoing conference of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) here, over 400 global IT companies’ representatives from 32 countries voted to elect Chair of UASG which is an Internet community initiative and tasked with undertaking activities that will effectively promote the Universal Acceptance of all valid domain names and email addresses.
Dr Data defeated Richard Merdinger, Vice President, GoDaddy.
The Group’s members come from global IT companies such as Apple, GoDaddy, Afilias, Google, Microsoft, XgenPlus and Verisign and it receives financial and administrative support from ICANN.
Dr Data will take charge of Chair from Mr Ram Mohan, COO of Afilias. He will be the first Asian to occupy the seat with two years tenure.
Last year in July, Dr Data was nominated as member of ccNSO of the Council to represent Asia Pacific region.
The UASG helps organisations ensure their systems are UA-ready and able to accept all domain names and email addresses in any valid script, according to a statement.