East Asia or Eastern Asia (the latter form preferred by the United Nations) is a subregion of Asia that can be defined in either geographical or cultural terms. Geographically and geo-politically, it covers about 12,000,000 km2 (4,600,000 sq mi), or about 28% of the Asian continent, about 15% bigger than the area of Europe.
East Asia is one of the most successful economic regions in the world, and has quickly risen to one of the top regions of the world in terms of technology and innovation.
Because of this, much of the focus for Internet evolution is met by private sector leaders and technology education.
How We Work
The Asia-Pacific Bureau acts as an advisor to other Internet Society departments on issues affecting our work. Its also provides critical insight on local business, technology and policy issues in East Asia to the Internet Society and its stakeholders.
The Bureau also works with Chapters to grow individual memberships, support their initiatives and help them advance in their support of the Internet Society's mission and values. This includes the focus on building trust and providing transparent guidance for Chapters and helping each Chapter develop strong projects.
We Focus On:
Technology - Internet stakeholders in the region are making significant contributions to the development and deployment of critical Internet technologies. East Asia is a leading region for Internet innovation, applications, and future thinking. There is enormous momentum in the region around IPv6 deployment and a thirst for guidance and information regarding the future evolution and health of the Internet.
Build Partnerships. - The Asia-Pacific Bureau aims to strengthen and broaden relationships with key stakeholders at regional and national levels
Capacity Building - The Asia-Pacific Bureau identifies needs and opportunities for educational initiatives, focusing on priorities for the region related to capacity building. It reviews proposals sent to the Internet Society and gives advice, identifying local initiatives and partners for education activities, and finding and working with local sponsors for events and initiatives.
Policy - The Asia-Pacific Bureau works in local and global fora to bring sound understanding of both the challenges and advantages to Internet development so informed decisions can be made.
Standards/Technology - The Asia-Pacific Bureau promotes the Internet Society's support of Internet standards development (through the IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force) and evolution of Internet technologies, promotes and emphasises the need for an open and technically secure and stable Internet for the benefit and use of everyone and encourages participation in the standards development process (e.g. through IETF fellowships).