APNIC participated in the virtual Internet Governance Forum 2020 (vIGF 2020), held online from 9 to 25 November 2020.
The overarching theme of the 15th annual meeting of the IGF was ‘Internet for human resilience and solidarity’, with the program built around four thematic tracks: data, environment, inclusion, and trust. The event welcomed 6,136 participants from 173 economies to participate in 275 sessions.
This is the first time the IGF was held entirely online and it was also the first time the event held a Youth Summit.
- Paul Wilson spoke at the ‘Open Forum Trust building in Cyberspace on Public Health Emergencies’, where he presented on Internet resiliency during COVID-19. Watch the video.
- Pablo Hinojosa spoke at the ‘Main Session: Environment’ and shared views from the technical community, in particular, the opportunity for the IGF to help develop best practices for the governance of environmental data. Watch the video.
- Pablo was also a panellist at the ‘BPF Cybersecurity’ session where the discussion focused on what cybersecurity can learn from normative principles in global governance, and best practices in relation to international cybersecurity initiatives. Watch the video.
- Sylvia Cadena, representing the APNIC Foundation, spoke at the ‘Main Session: Inclusion’ on the challenges of meaningful access to Internet services for the remaining billions, especially in developing and least developed economies. Watch the video. Sylvia also provided a video introducing this track at the Newcomers’ session.
- Che-Hoo Cheng spoke at the session on ‘WS#323 Emerging perspectives on the Internet Exchange Points’ on APNIC’s capacity building and infrastructure support work for IXPs in the Asia Pacific region and also the roles of IXPs on the Internet.
- Sylvia spoke at the ‘Open Mic and Feedback’ session. Watch the video.
Sylvia also finished her term on the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG). Joyce Chen will be starting her term as a new MAG member shortly.
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