Across the Pacific, undersea cables weave between island nations, bringing them online and, in some cases, connecting them to Australia, but some governments fear this interconnectivity comes with risk.
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.
Government delegates from sixteen Pacific countries recently attended a workshop aimed at overcoming barriers to participating in global Internet governance discussions, such as those taking place within the ICANN community.
The two-day capacity development workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Pacific GAC Representatives for Better Participation in ICANN,” took place on 28-29 April 2017 in Nadi, Fiji. Organized by ICANN, in cooperation with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group, it was supported by the Fiji Government’s Department of Communications.
The 20 government delegates in attendance were ICANN GAC members and represented these Pacific nations: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated State of Mircronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
“ICANN welcomes the participation of all stakeholders, including governments,” said Â SavÃ© Vocea, ICANN‘s Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Australia and the Pacific Islands. “ICANN is dedicated to demand-driven engagement, and we are happy to see that all the Pacific GAC members were present at this workshop, which demonstrates their willingness to be part of the process.”
Pacific nations face many challenges that inhibit their full ability to participate in global platforms such as ICANN. These include inadequate Internet access and a lack of human resources.
During the two-day workshop, the GAC representatives were introduced to ICANN and its policy development process, as well as high interest topics such as Domain Name System abuse. The delegates also learned about issues and working groups that required their immediate attention.
Shivnesh Prasad, Director of the Department of Communications, Government of Fiji, said during his opening remarks, “We are really happy to host this workshop. We often feel forgotten as a region in Internet governance discussions. It is challenging for us to participate in ICANN, as we do not have full understanding of the issues being discussed within the GAC.”
The workshop also included the participation of ICANN ecosystem partners, including the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), which discussed issues relating to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and the Address Supporting Organization (ASO).
For photos on the capacity development workshop, please visit here.
For more information about the capacity development workshop for Pacific GAC representatives, please visit here [PDF, 247 KB].
This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
ICANN in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group will hold the first capacity development workshop for Pacific GAC members and representatives from 28 â 29 April 2017 in Nadi, Fiji.
The workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Pacific GAC Representatives for Better Participation in ICANN“, will focus on raising awareness and assist in building capacity of Pacific GAC representatives and governments on how best to effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN. It is supported by the Fiji Government’s Department of Communications.
Shivnesh Prasad, Director of the Department of Communications, Government of Fiji, will be making the opening remarks. 20 government delegates representing 16 Pacific countries (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated State of Mircronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) will also be attending the workshop.
For the Pacific region, challenges such as inadequate Internet access, human resource or unreliable Internet can make participation in ICANN difficult. The workshop will discuss ways to assist Pacific GAC representatives’ contribution to ICANN discussions. It will also introduce critical active relevant policy topics, working groups including relevant GAC and cross-community working groups that require the immediate attention and participation of GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the Pacific GAC representatives on how to better help them improve their regional footprint as well as at ICANN.
The workshop will cover a range of topics including:
- Introduction to the ICANN ecosystem
- Participation in ICANN‘s policy development process
- Discussion on domain names (new generic top-level domains (gTLD), country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), etc.) and role of GAC
- Security, stability and resiliency of the Internet
- Next steps for Pacific GAC representatives
The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 247 KB].
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 into your computer or other device â a name or a number. 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 and a community with participants from all over the world. For more information, please visit: www.icann.org
This ICANN announcement was sourced from: