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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

South-east Asian governments turn up the heat on social media giants to control content
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In the News 10 October 2020

South-east Asian governments turn up the heat on social media giants to control content

The Straits Times
Agenda dictated from abroad
Internet Way of Networking 6 October 2020

Agenda dictated from abroad

Agenda dictated from abroad
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In the News 6 October 2020

Agenda dictated from abroad

Daily Times Pakistan
Commentary: Will China’s new data security initiative define global norms?
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In the News 16 September 2020

Commentary: Will China’s new data security initiative define global norms?

Channel News Asia
The ‘US vs. China’ conundrum: why politicizing tech is a terrible idea
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In the News 2 September 2020

The ‘US vs. China’ conundrum: why politicizing tech is a terrible idea

Telecom Review
In South Asia an Online Training Course Equips Engineers for the Future
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Infrastructure and Community Development 28 August 2020

In South Asia an Online Training Course Equips Engineers for the Future

The Internet Society, in partnership with South Asia Network Operators Group (SANOG) recently concluded a five-week, hands-on training course...

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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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