APNIC invites you to the 8th IGF in Bali, Indonesia

APNIC invites all members of the Asia Pacific Internet community to participate in multistakeholder discussions at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

APNIC invites all members of the Asia Pacific Internet community to participate in multistakeholder discussions at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) this week from 22 to 25 October.

As the eighth IGF will be held in the Asia Pacific region, APNIC especially encourages participation from Members and the wider Internet community, from the public, private, and civil sectors.

Since its inception APNIC, and also as part of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), has strongly supported the IGF as the only global forum for multistakeholder discussions on Internet policy issues. The RIRs support and promote the multistakeholder model of Internet governance as the best model for decision making and one of the keys to the ongoing success of the Internet.

APNIC supports the IGF and AP events

APNIC has given strong support to help make the 2013 global IGF a success, supporting the Indonesian multistakeholder committee that is responsible for the event's execution, as well as program support through APNIC Director General Paul Wilson's participation on the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).

APNIC has also been active in regional and national IGF events: Paul Wilson’s position as Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional IGF facilitated that the 2013 APrIGF program be aligned with the 2013 global themes. This year, APNIC also supported NetHui 2013 in New Zealand, PacINET in Tonga, and recently the Australian IGF in Melbourne.

APNIC participation at the IGF

The theme of the 2013 IGF is "Building Bridges - Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development". This year the NRO will host two workshops in the Enhanced Cooperation Track, to promote understanding of the multistakeholder approach to Internet number resource management and the need for openness and transparency in such discussions.

The complete IGF schedule is available online.

Seed Alliance at the IGF

The 2013 Seed Alliance Awards will be held on 23 October during the IGF. The Seed Alliance is an umbrella organization for three grants and awards programs administered by three RIRs: ISIF Asia (APNIC), FIRE (AFRINIC), and FRIDA (LACNIC). The Awards will celebrate the contributions that innovators in the global south are making towards local and global Internet development.

This year the Seed Alliance will have a greater presence at the IGF than ever before. During the pre-event day, there will be a session for Seed Alliance Award winners, who will attend the IGF event as part of the Award package to make valuable contacts and join discussions on Internet governance development. The pre-event session will acquaint the Award winners with the IGF, as they are all first time attendees, and help them maximize their experience during the week.

Following the Awards ceremony, there will be a Seed Alliance Open Forum, which will provide an opportunity for the Award winners to present their projects and provide input to the IGF community about the challenges facing Internet development at the local level.

The Seed Alliance will also run a workshop on Day 3 of the IGF, which is a roundtable session to explore current funding mechanisms available for those generating innovative solutions for Internet development.

Join the IGF conversation

If you are unable to attend the 2013 IGF in person, anyone can join the sessions via live webcast and participate in discussions in real time. There will also be several remote hubs around the world.

For more updates, you can follow @IGF2013 on Twitter and the on Facebook. For event details, please refer to the local host website, igf2013.or.id.

If you are able to attend in person, be sure to visit the NRO booth and the Seed Alliance booth in the IGF Village! APNIC and other RIR staff will be available to answer your questions about the NRO and the respective regional Internet communities.