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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

You can read stories from our APAC Chapters here.

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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Wireless For Communities

Wireless for Communities (W4C) provides last mile connectivity to rural and remote areas of the Asia-Pacific using wireless technologies.

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Asia Pacific news

Internet Society Deeply Concerned about Interim Injunction Ordered by Hong Kong High Court
Statements 11 November 2019

Internet Society Deeply Concerned about Interim Injunction Ordered by Hong Kong High Court

The Internet Society and the Internet Society Hong Kong Chapter are deeply concerned about the recent interim injunction (High...

A Step Further in Making Pakistan Digitally Accessible
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Connecting the World 6 November 2019

A Step Further in Making Pakistan Digitally Accessible

In a bid to improve digital accessibility in Pakistan – a country with about 30 million persons with disability...

For APAC Consumers, It’s a Love-Hate Relationship with Big Tech
Press Releases 6 November 2019

For APAC Consumers, It’s a Love-Hate Relationship with Big Tech

According to a new survey nearly all APAC consumers depend on Big Tech for products and services, but they...

Meet Three APrIGF 2019 Fellows
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Shaping the Internet's Future 16 October 2019

Meet Three APrIGF 2019 Fellows

The Internet Society, APNIC, and Coordination Center for TLD .RU sponsored 20 fellows to the 10th Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance...

Islamabad Chapter Brings First Internet Governance Event to Quetta, Pakistan
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Internet Governance 9 October 2019

Islamabad Chapter Brings First Internet Governance Event to Quetta, Pakistan

The 5th Pakistan School on Internet Governance (pkSIG 2019) was successfully held last month in Quetta, Pakistan. This represents...

The Role of South Asia’s NOGs in Community Building
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Improving Technical Security 27 September 2019

The Role of South Asia’s NOGs in Community Building

At the recently concluded 34th South Asia Network Operators Group (SANOG 34), it was interesting not only to hear...

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Asia Pacific team

Rajnesh Singh

Regional Bureau Director, Asia-Pacific

Naveed Haq

Regional Development Manager, Asia-Pacific

Aftab Siddiqui

Technical Engagement Manager for Asia-Pacific

Adrian Wan

Outreach Manager, Asia-Pacific

Our chapters

With 21 chapter in 16 countries, this diverse and fast growing region is home to 25% 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.

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