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Asia-Pacific

The Asia Pacific bureau works with chapters to cultivate expert communities in developing countries, collaborate with regional policy makers, and build access for unserved and underserved communities.

We work in the following sub-regions:

  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia

Regional focus

Community empowerment

In a bid to promote Internet usage and innovation in remote towns and villages, the APAC Bureau undertakes workshops for marginalised communities–including women and indigenous minorities–on digital literacy, online content.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Focusing on rural connectivity, the APAC Bureau collaborates with local partners and community members in deploying and scaling up wireless mesh networks, and in advocating for the use of unlicensed spectrum for Internet connectivity.

Policy

Policy

The APAC Bureau is at the forefront of the advocacy for a bottoms-up and decentralised model of Internet governance in the region. It reaches out to key influencers within and beyond the core Internet community.

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Capacity building

Capacity-building forms a crucial part of the APAC Bureau’s efforts to foster an open and sustainable Internet. In line with the Internet Society’s ‘smart development’ approach, it ensures that physical networks are built alongside the human capacity.

Technology

Standards & technology

The APAC Bureau actively engages with vendors, operators and service providers at gatherings such as the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) and the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Meetings to promote.

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Asia Pacific news

Improving Gender Rights Online: Perspectives from the Global South
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Women In Tech 14 August 2018

Improving Gender Rights Online: Perspectives from the Global South

The Internet has helped to empower communities of across the globe. However, existing gender disparities, discrimination, and inequalities, especially...

ISOC Advocating IoT Trust at APAN 46
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Deploy360 3 August 2018

ISOC Advocating IoT Trust at APAN 46

APAN 46 is being held on 5-9 August 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand, with the Internet Society being one...

Taiwan Internet Governance Forum 2018: TechGIRLS
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Internet Governance 31 July 2018

Taiwan Internet Governance Forum 2018: TechGIRLS

“If we can speak up for women today, we can further support other minority groups in future.” Last year...

Three-Day Workshop on Internet Governance Held in Quezon City, Philippines
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Internet Governance 31 July 2018

Three-Day Workshop on Internet Governance Held in Quezon City, Philippines

This month was even more special for our Internet Governance campaign, with two significant (back-to-back) activities in the Philippines....

2018 Internet Society Asia-Pacific & Middle East Chapters Meeting
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About Internet Society 24 July 2018

2018 Internet Society Asia-Pacific & Middle East Chapters Meeting

The APAC & Middle East Chapters joined hands to organize their combined Regional Chapters Meeting from 11 to 12...

The Philippines Embraces the Multistakeholder Model in the Development of Its National ICT Ecosystem Framework 2022
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Access 17 July 2018

The Philippines Embraces the Multistakeholder Model in the Development of Its National ICT Ecosystem Framework 2022

Earlier this month in Manila, the Philippines Government Department of ICT (DICT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with...

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Asia Pacific team

Rajnesh Singh

Regional Bureau Director for Asia-Pacific

Naveed Haq

Regional Development Manager, Asia-Pacific

Ms. Noelle Francesca De Guzman

Regional Programmes Coordinator for Asia-Pacific

Aftab Siddiqui

Technical Engagement Manager for Asia-Pacific

Subhashish Panigrahi

Chapter Development Manager - Asia Pacific

Our chapters

With 22 chapters in 17 countries, this diverse and fast growing region is home to 28% of our global members. This active and dynamic network of chapters hosts local and regional events and discussions, builds Internet infrastructure in underserved regions, and provides technical trainings to build local expertise.