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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

IXPs: Keeping Local Infrastructure Resilient during COVID-19
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Infrastructure and Community Development 9 July 2020

IXPs: Keeping Local Infrastructure Resilient during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven how important a strong Internet infrastructure is. Internet exchange points are a vital part...

Beyond the Usual: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights in Asia-Pacific
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Growing the Internet 29 June 2020

Beyond the Usual: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights in Asia-Pacific

Last month, we held our inaugural APAC Insights. The idea behind this is to bring together thought leaders and subject...

Closing the Digital Divide in Nepal
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Community Networks 26 June 2020

Closing the Digital Divide in Nepal

COVID-19 has pushed the world into a digital revolution and closing Nepal’s digital divide has never been more important....

Encryption and issues related to Misinformation
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In the News 15 June 2020

Encryption and issues related to Misinformation

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Encryption: Issues around online violence against women
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In the News 12 June 2020

Encryption: Issues around online violence against women

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Encryption and issues related to Child Protection online
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In the News 11 June 2020

Encryption and issues related to Child Protection online

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Promoting the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

Asia-Pacific team

Rajnesh Singh

Regional Vice President - Asia-Pacific

Noelle Francesca De Guzman

Senior Advisor, Policy and External Engagement

Naveed Haq

Regional Infrastructure and Connectivity Director

Aftab Siddiqui

Senior Manager, Internet Technology - Asia-Pacific

Adrian Wan

Policy Advocacy Manager

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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