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Home to 4.3 billion people, or more than 60% of the world's population, Asia-Pacific is also one of the most diverse and fastest growing areas on the planet.

While it continues to deal with many challenges, such as poverty and climate change, the region has been seeing strong economic progress and development in recent years.

Its cultural and linguistic diversity, coupled with varying levels of political and economic capacities found within it, corresponds to the range of context-based issues that arise with increased Internet adoption, and thus the need to tailor solutions to the specific conditions and preferences of its communities.

The Internet Society focuses on four key Asia-Pacific sub-regions:

Asia Pacific Newsletter

Asia Pacific Blog

  • 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...

    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...

    Date published 10 October 2016

  • With more than half the world’s population (and its languages), the Asia-Pacific is by far the most diverse region. Throughout history, countries in the region have had to balance influences and sensitivities related to – amongst other things - culture, religion, traditions and working norms.

    The Internet world is no different, and we see great diversity within the region (and sometimes within a country!) when it comes to the Internet and the role it plays in society. The Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) is one medium through which players and actors from...

    Date published 30 August 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...

    Date published 15 July 2016

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