Event wrap: APrIGF 2015

By on 15 Jul 2015

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Macau played host to the 2015 Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF 2015) from 30 June to 3 July.

Welcoming 150 regional delegates including 30 youth participants, the APrIGF 2015 continued with its objective of advancing Internet governance development and engaging the next generation of Internet leaders with the Youth IGF, held in parallel with the main event. The sub themes included:

  • Internet economy
  • Critical Internet resources
  • Cybersecurity and Trust
  • Enhancing multistakeholder cooperation
  • Internet and human rights
  • Inclusiveness and diversity
  • Openness
  • Emerging issues

APNIC activities:

  • As Chair of the Multistakeholder Steering Group (MSG), Paul Wilson led a face-to-face meeting that centred on the election procedure for the Chair and Vice Chairs.  The MSG is a committee that, among other things, supports the APrIGF process and promotes dialogue of Internet governance issues in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Paul participated at a number of other sessions:
  • Adli Wahid presented “Security and the Internet of Things” at the “Information Security and Privacy in the IoT Era” session, addressing the current cybersecurity issues seen with the growth of the IoT, for example, an increased vulnerability due to items being designed for functionality rather than security.

APNIC support

In collaboration with Google, APNIC supported the development of the agenda for the workshop “Broadband Infrastructure and Services for The Next Billion Users” and organized travel logistics for three speakers to join the event: Ulrich Speidel (University of Auckland, New Zealand), Jon Brewer (Telco2/NSRC, New Zealand) and Rohan Samarajiva (LirneAsia, Sri Lanka).

APNIC also supported Nica Dumlao (Foundation for Media Alternatives – Philippines) through a travel grant issued by ISIF Asia.

The 2016 APrIGF will be held in Taipei, Taiwan in July 2016.

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