Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum kicks off today!

Ellen StricklandBlog post from Ellen Strickland, Community Programme Director at InternetNZ
27 July 2016

I'm here in Taipei for the Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). It's one of a few regional events held globally which are linked to the UN Internet Governance Forum events. The APrIGF was initiated in 2010 to serve as a platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration in Internet issues and policy at a regional level.

This year the APrIGF is taking place here in Taipei. Different cities around Asia have hosted each year, and this year's event takes place over the rest of this week. There are usually about 300 participants from about 20 countries, and I'm looking forward to participating for the first time- as in the past few years the timing has been too close to our own big Internet event in New Zealand, NetHui, to attend and check it out.

The overarching theme of APrIGF 2016 is 'A New Internet Era – Merging Physical Space with Cyberspace.' I'm looking forward to a few sessions sharing ideas and best practice for national Internet events like New Zealand's NetHui. I'm also looking forward to attending some sessions and side meetings where I can learn from broader regional perspectives and share NZ experience on Internet issues including human rights, privacy, connectivity and security.

The event officially kicks off at 2pm NZ time today, Wednesday 27 July. And with Taipei just four hours behind NZ some of you might be interested in watching some of the event via the Internet over the next few days. Web cast of the event and remote participation links are now available on here: APrIGF 2016 agenda.

I suggest you check out the agenda and see if something on it interests you!