Authors: Joy Chan and Bikram Shrestha.
APNIC Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide an open public forum to discuss topics of interest to the Internet community in the Asia Pacific region. APNIC currently hosts four SIGs that hold meetings twice a year at APNIC conferences. They are a great opportunity to participate in discussions related to managing Internet numbers, routing security, Internet policy and governance, and get important updates from the National Internet Registries (NIRs) in the region.
What happens at the Cooperation SIG?
The Cooperation SIG is an open forum to discuss high-level public policy subjects and bridge them to the reality of network operations — creating cooperation between network operators and non-technical disciplines. The Cooperation SIG’s purpose is to promote cooperation between the wider technical and non-technical Internet communities.
During Cooperation SIG Forums, the Secretariat reports on APNIC’s outreach activities and seeks advice and guidance from forum attendees on future activities. The stated goal of the Cooperation SIG is to develop and clarify the APNIC community’s position on issues of relevance to the public sector, or on matters for which a community position has been sought.
- During APNIC 48, the SIG discussed how network operators and CSIRTs cooperate to tackle abuse online and how to resolve the attribution challenge.
- At APNIC 49, we talked about how recent efforts in developing ‘cyber norms’ to support incident response capabilities can prevent cross-jurisdictional conflicts.
- APNIC 50 saw discussion on the legal interception of telecommunications and how law enforcement and ISPs interact.
- At APNIC 51, we investigated the expanded roles and adaptations network operators made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sustainability and the Internet’s environmental impact was the topic of discussion at the session at APNIC 52.
- At the most recent forum, during APNIC 53, the Cooperation SIG discussed new ways to understand the technical success of the Internet based on scalability, flexibility, adaptability and resilience through the lens of three different initiatives: ISOC’s Internet Way of Networking, NewIP, and DNS4EU.
Why you should get involved at APNIC 54
Inclusivity is central to a bottom-up and community-driven Internet and the Cooperation SIG Forum at APNIC 54 provides everyone with an opportunity to explore the broader issues that are relevant to all stakeholder groups and communities.
The Cooperation SIG Forum at APNIC 54 will be held in conjunction with APrIGF 2022 on Tuesday 13 September 2022 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, with online participation for virtual attendees.
We hope to see you at the APNIC 54 Cooperation SIG!
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