As the industry gears up for the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this month, a new study released today by the Internet Society suggests that mobile may be everywhere but, contrary to the meeting’s slogan, it isn’t everything yet—at least not to everyone in Asia-Pacific.
The Mobile Internet Usage Trends in Asia-Pacific report, based on a survey of 1,620 Internet users from 37 economies in the region, found that younger people, specifically those below 25 years old, have a more diverse engagement with the mobile Internet - using it for activities that range from social networking and entertainment...
Date published 19 February 2016
(Photo: The Goat is Coming! - CC BY-SA)
There has been a lot of conjecture about the upcoming Chinese New Year in Asia, much of it centering on whether the region will be starting the Year of the Sheep, the Goat or even the Ram. The confusion arises from the fact that the pinyin character involved can mean either sheep or goat, with more specific words to differentiate between them.
The Internet Society’s Asia-Pacific Bureau prefers the goat because of what this animal represents and how some of the goat’s characteristics may come in handy over the next 12 months. Consider the goat’s...
Date published 19 February 2015
Earlier this week, I participated in AIS Chennai, hosted by the ISOC India Chennai Chapter. The event was themed “India in the Open and Global Internet” and was focused on Internet Governance issues and what India could offer to the global conversation.
Attendees were a mix of business, technical community and academia, with a fairly large number of youth from local tertiary institutions. Interestingly, most of these students were undertaking non-technical courses.
Discussions covered a wide range of topics, including privacy, censorship, responsible use of social media, network neutrality,...
Date published 04 December 2014
The global Internet Governance Forum was not the only one showing vibrancy in Istanbul this week. At the Inter-regional and National Dialogue, national and regional IGFs around the world helped to demonstrate just how far the multi-stakeholder initiative has gone on its ninth year. There are innovations left and right—in strategies, processes and practices: In Asia-Pacific, a growing youth IGF has been successfully integrated into the main regional agenda. In Canada, the coordinating body conducts a bi-annual national survey through which topics for the next IGF are determined. In...
Date published 06 September 2014
Is the Internet more important than clean water supply or transport infrastructure? These and other specific concerns were raised at the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) roundtable, where stakeholders from Pacific and Carribean countries gathered to discuss barriers to connectivity in countries with very limited resources.
One fundamental challenge is prioritisation. As island nations confront the looming perils of climate change while still trying to overcome longstanding problems--lack of safe drinking water, electricity, proper sewage treatment--Internet connectivity may inevitably...
Date published 03 September 2014
With its 1.3 billion Internet users, burgeoning ICT industries and sizable online markets, Asia-Pacific is very aware of its significance to the global Internet ecosystem—this much was evident at the recently-held Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), where some 350 participants pondered the current and future state of cyberspace. But alongside the many debates on security, multi-stakeholder approaches and Internet governance was a recurring question: In a region with 4.2 billion people, how do we get the next two billion online?
Increased connectivity will help not only...
Date published 02 September 2014
Policies on Internet connectivity and cybersecurity have emerged as issues of immediate concern in a survey of 855 Internet Society members across South Asia, topping other topical Internet-related themes in the sub-region. The study, part of a wider Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Survey conducted by the Internet Society’s Asia Pacific Bureau, yielded key insights on user attitudes towards local Internet policy issues just as several countries in South Asia mull provisions to increase Internet connection speeds and strengthen domestic cyberdefense strategies.
The survey report shows that close...
Date published 04 August 2014
2014 will be an important year for the Asia Pacific (APAC) countries, as the region’s increasing importance and voice in the global dialogue on ICT and Internet development will be felt. So it's very timely that APAC countries will participate in two very important global International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings this year: the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC-14) currently taking place in Dubai, and the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-2014, in Busan, Korea at the end of October. Both of these meetings will set the tone and...
Date published 05 April 2014
Internet Society Open Letter on Transfer of Internet Protocol Addresses
18th April 2011 - The Internet Society recognizes that the final allocations of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) was a significant milestone in the development of the Internet. This milestone heralds the end of the era in which never-previously-used IPv4 addresses are available for allocation.. Nonetheless, IPv4 addresses will remain critical to the continued functioning of the Internet for years or decades to...
The Asia-Pacific Bureau
The APAC Bureau, which maintains a regional office in Singapore, is headed by its Regional Director, Rajnesh Singh. Other staff members are spread across the region. Duangthip Chomprang, the Regional Affairs Manager, is in Bangkok, Thailand; Naveed Haq, the Chapter Development Manager, is in Islamabad, Pakistan; and Noelle de Guzman, the Regional Programmes Coordinator, is in Manila, Philippines. Prior to joining the Internet Society, APAC team members held executive, director and advisory posts in the private sector, ICT and telecoms regulation, energy infrastructure...