ICANN and the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) today announced that the fifth edition of the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) will not be held in 2020.
The joint decision to cancel this year’s APIGA was made due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The primary concern for ICANN and KISA is the health and safety of the Asia Pacific (APAC) community and that of their staff.
ICANN and KISA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, and hope to resume APIGA next year.
APIGA is an annual five-day capacity-development program for APAC youth leaders interested in Internet governance issues and its related activities. It is co-hosted by ICANN and KISA, with support from regional partners such as the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), DotAsia, and the Internet Society (ISOC) Asia Pacific Bureau.
For more about APIGA, please visit its Community Wiki page.
ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.
This ICANN announcement was sourced from: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2020-06-16-en