If we had to choose music to accompany all our activities at APRICOT 2017 it would surely be Chopin’s Minute Waltz (Op 64, No 1)! No, we did not manage to fit 138 bars of music into 60 seconds but the tempo was very lively with frequent crescendos and diminuendos and a lengthy trill. Call it efficiency, but we all managed to share and exchange a lot of information working within the new shortened APRICOT 2017/APNIC 43 programme.
Employing good strategic planning, the ISOC Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau’s activities preceded our arrival into Saigon (the former name for Ho Chi Minh...
Date published 24 March 2017
APRICOT, Asia-Pacific, Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), Ho Chi Minh, IPv6, MANRS, Networks & Trust, Open Internet Standards, Vietnam, Wireless For Communities, Other external events
After a long wait of 4.5 years, the 29th edition of SANOG came back to Pakistan, this time in the countrys capital, Islamabad. The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) and the Higher Education commission of Pakistan (HEC) came forward to jointly host the event at the HEC headquarters.
SANOG 29 consisted of two days of conference, one day of tutorial alongside the Internet Society's ION Conference, and the usual five days of workshops with three parallel tracks. Eight days of action-packed agenda was good enough to attract a lot of audiences.
The ION Conference was inaugurated by...
Date published 01 March 2017
Asia-Pacific, Community Building, Domain Name System (DNS), Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), IPv6, Pakistan, SANOG29, Security, South Asian Network Operators Group, ION, Other external events
The United Nations estimates that one in six people (in Asia and the Pacific) live with disability – that is a total of 650 million people. Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) often face barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis, including the access to, and use of, information and communication technologies (ICTs). These barriers include none or very little attention to incorporating accessibility features for online content (including websites), limited adaptability in the functionality of products and services, and weak policy frameworks to...
Date published 13 February 2017
Taking advantage of the fact that Internet Society’s CEO, Kathy Brown, and I were both in India last month, we visited one of our Wireless for Communities (W4C) sites in Tilonia, located in Rajasthan state.
Located some 380km from Delhi in a rural location, the W4C Tilonia site is based at the Barefoot College campus, and is a self-reliant model village – from generating their own solar electricity to sustainable water harvesting. They also run a community education programme teaching people from around the world skills to help them empower their local communities.
The W4C programme has been...
Date published 14 December 2016
Findings from the recently released third annual Internet Society Survey on Policy Issues in Asia-Pacific indicate that Internet access and cybersecurity are the top two concerns for survey respondents. Cybersecurity, in particular, was seen as an area that needs most urgent attention by policymakers.
The survey polled almost 2,000 end-users from across the Asia-Pacific region on their attitudes towards current Internet policy issues.
One encouraging indication from the survey results is that connectivity looks to be improving significantly in the region - 70% stated that they had experienced...
Date published 10 October 2016
The past month or so has seen a flurry of activities in the Philippines, particularly on the ICT and Internet front, and these have attracted much media attention.
Apart from the highly publicized recent election of a new President and Vice-President, the outgoing President signed into law Republic Act 10844, which created the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). More recently, the two biggest telcos in the country (PLDT and Globe) finally signed a domestic Internet peering agreement.
The issue of poor Internet services in the Philippines has been a long-standing...
Date published 15 July 2016
At a recent UNICEF event, the role of the ICT industry in East Asia and the Pacific was examined in respect to promoting children’s rights and UNICEF’s “Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection”. In the course of the day the discussion turned to childrens’ self-esteem, and need for love and sense of belonging that may result in risky or inappropriate online behaviour. Just as importantly, it was pointed out that children may be unaware of the negative repercussions of their behavior to themselves and others, one of which is the loss of privacy through data collection by service and...
Date published 15 May 2016
Last year a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck various parts of Nepal, leaving nearly 9,000 people dead and destroying over half a million homes. Relief and recovery efforts in affected areas went on for several months, involving multiple agencies, and the re-building continues. In March, our INET Kathmandu conference brought together International agencies, local stakeholders involved in emergency planning, services and relief work discuss the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in disaster management and what lessons can we learn from Nepal. The conference was the...
Date published 10 May 2016
This week I had the great pleasure of talking to some key players in Japan’s Internet ecosystem. A meeting, hosted by the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC), allowed me to hear about, discuss and engage on the issues that are perceived as some of the main challenges facing the Internet today, both within the national context of Japan as well as internationally. It also gave me the opportunity to hear firsthand about the activities that the Japanese Internet community -- JPNIC, academia, the government and the business community amongst others -- is doing for the Internet in the Asia...
Date published 27 April 2016
When disaster strikes many of us, no matter where we are, want to do something.
The net, with its ability to connect us all, is becoming the tool of choice for digital humanitarians and citizens to lend a hand.
Is it making a difference?
Looking at the After Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake, the Internet became a lifeline.
And while communication is now considered a crucial part of aid and social media is part of the toolset, privacy, power and access are just some of the complex challenges that digital humanitarians must navigate when using these platforms in their...
Date published 15 March 2016