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Asia Pacific to participate in Internet’s governance

Anuradha Shukla | Feb. 1, 2016
This region will play a key role in the future of the Internet.

Asia Pacific is set to participate in Internet's governance as the long-awaited proposal to end the U.S. Government's stewardship over vital Internet technical functions is almost complete.

The next billion Internet users will be many Asian countries such as China, India, Indonesia and these people will play a key role in the future of its functionality.

Once the proposal is complete, it will facilitate the transfer of that stewardship to the international Internet community.

The U.S. Government has been involved in more than a decade long process to fully privatise the Internet.

"In a few weeks' time, we expect to present a proposal that the global Internet community has been working on for almost two years to the U.S. Government. If accepted, it will mark a historic point in the evolution of the Internet," said Theresa Swinehart, senior advisor to the president on Strategy, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

Working with key partners

The ICANN Asia Pacific hub will work with key partners to bring ICANN and Internet governance related issues to the community in local context and language.

This initiative will address several barriers to entry including language, and raise awareness and understanding of key issues to facilitate participation.

Stakeholders will also be helped to participate in the Internet's development, including using domain names in local scripts, as well as the use and acceptance of Internationalised Domain Names.

"Asia Pacific has traditionally been a 'price taker' in Internet governance, but we've seen this changing over the past two years. The strong participation from our APAC community has demonstrated an increased confidence and readiness to step up to the global table," said Jia-Rong Low, vice president and managing director for ICANN Asia Pacific (APAC).


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