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Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau
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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 year 2016 was indeed a successful year for the Internet Society (ISOC) Asia-Pacific (APAC) Team. We were able to leverage many opportunities throughout the year across the region, and together with our members, chapters and partners, we worked towards ensuring that the Internet kept growing and evolving.

    For me personally, there were a couple of things that stood out. One was InterCommunity 2016 where we had 11 nodes located throughout the region engaged in robust intra-regional discussions on topical issues.

    Another was ISOC’s first Regional Internet and Development...

    Date published 19 April 2017

  • 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...

    Date published 24 March 2017

  • 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...

    Date published 01 March 2017

  • 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