APrIGF 2020

Virtual Conference

 Date: 27-30 September 2020 | Location: Virtual, Online | Host: MSG, Executed by APrIGF Secretariat


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Overarching Theme: Internet Governance for Good: Norms, Standards and Mechanisms

The multistakeholder model of Internet Governance affects the technical architecture of the Internet, its reliability, resilience and potential for further development; as well as complex public policy issues arising from the use of the Internet and its social, economic and political impact. To be ‘well/better-governed’, consensus building on norms (conventions) and standards is important. Equally important is to ensure greater impact of Internet Governance discussions, by translating them into concrete policies and normative frameworks to be implemented in appropriate platforms.

Sub-themes: APrIGF MSG has decided following 4 themes for APrIGF 2020

Cybersecurity, Safety and Trust

Cybersecurity covers protection of Internet infrastructure from innumerable cyberthreats that can cause harm to business processes and people. Strengthening cybersecurity requires that all stakeholders should understand cyberthreats and how to counter them. As the Internet is ubiquitous, every individual is entitled to feel safe in using the Internet to perform legitimate activities and transactions without the fear of loss of money, personal information, reputation or freedom. However, with the tremendous increase in human activities being mediated through digital platforms, many surveys show a large decline in trust in the Internet. Under this sub-theme, APrIGF expects to receive proposals for sessions focusing on methodologies and tools to help people use the Internet and digital technology with confidence, on regulatory approaches to increase trust between users and platforms, and on the roles of all stakeholders in building online trust.

Digital Inclusion, Gender Equality and Diversity

Everyone should be given the opportunity to use the Internet as a public good; to receive and impart information for legitimate purposes, regardless of their social status, gender, age, beliefs or financial status. Affordable and reliable access must be provided – using a range of different approaches – equally to all sectors of the community, whether rural or urban, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, vulnerable people and communities, more recently established populations, or new immigrants and refugees. Norms and standards-making must reflect the diversity of individual experiences, cultures and legitimate developmental needs in all societies, encouraging people to create local content on the Internet in their own languages. Under this sub-theme, APrIGF expects to receive proposals for sessions focusing on technical and organizational approaches for affordable and reliable access for all, methodologies and tools to make the Internet and digital technologies more inclusive and diverse, regulatory approaches and best practices, the role of all stakeholders in access provision and inclusion, and the provision of education and training for information literacy and digital literacy, including the responsible exercise of these skills with respect for other people.

Human Rights and Ethics

Human rights (as defined by international human rights instruments and conventions and reflected in national laws) and ethics must be at the core when developing online applications and services as well as the design of regulatory approaches and normative frameworks governing the Internet. This is essential for ensuring accountability, trust and responsible infrastructure management across the Internet. Evidence of various violations gathered through Internet governance processes should form the basis for reviewing existing frameworks and practices towards enabling legal protections and the development and modernisation of laws and policies, as well as other regulatory approaches. Under this sub-theme, APrIGF expects to receive proposals for sessions focusing on digital rights, methodologies and tools for translating debates around human rights and ethics into practice. Areas which could be covered include refinement of definitions and interpretations under national law and regulations, ethical codes, standards and best practices as well as other regulatory approaches, and research to improve the lives of all persons with a specific focus on the role of governments in the protection of human rights online and the open participation of all stakeholders, including civil society and the technical community.

Innovation and Development

As development needs grow larger across the globe, the Internet and related technologies are now seen as a viable option to scale development solutions, to promote and underpin the Sustainable Development Goals. Technological innovation and the evolution of the Internet and its applications has facilitated the development of the digital economy and substantial advancement in science, agriculture, health and education. For innovation to benefit all, an understanding of incentives for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) as well as start-ups and grassroots communities are important for design, development and use. With so many emerging technologies, it is also important to consider new frontiers such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data and the Internet of Things. Under this sub-theme, APrIGF expects to receive proposals for sessions focusing on law, regulatory approaches, ethical codes, standards and best practices, research and the open participation of all stakeholders in digital innovation and development.

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Workshop Submission Deadline: 24 Feb 2020, 24:00 UTC (Mon)

APrIGF 2020 Attendee List
First Name Last Name Organization Country/Economy of Residence
Samik Kharel Freelance Nepal
Soklay Heng NIPTICT Cambodia
ASHOK SARKAR metro pharmacy Bangladesh
Shah Rahman cWork Microjob Ltd Bangladesh
Satish Babu APRALO India
Kate Pacalt-Shady OCSC Australia
Liza Garcia Foundation for Media Alternatives Philippines
Rohini Lakshané The Bachchao Project India
James Boorman OCSC Australia
Krishna Neupane Vianet Communication Nepal
Sana Nisar University Malaysia Sabah Malaysia
Ritu Srivastava GeoMeo India
Sabrina Lim ICANN Singapore
Man Hei (Connie) Siu NetMission Asia / The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Nicola Brown InternetNZ New Zealand
Sanjeev Prasad SFLC.in India
Piyush Aggarwal The Indian Express India
Apurva Singh Software Freedom Law Centre India India
Ejaz Chaudhry TechEdge Solutions Pakistan
Sidra Jalil InspireMill Pakistan
Ruby Khela Global Partners Digital United Kingdom
Clayton Ford auDA Australia
Winston Roberts IFLA / National Library of New Zealand New Zealand
Milan Nepali Insurance Board, Ministry of Finance Nepal
Atul Kayastha NCIT Nepal
Eijun Kim Kyung Hee University South Korea
Shradha Pandey TNNLU India
Babu Ram Aryal Internet Governance Institute Nepal
Daniela Schnidrig Global Partners Digital United Kingdom
Ruth Peter None Vanuatu
Feng Gao Open Data China China
Scott Hook Solomon Islands Ministry of Finance and Treasury Solomon Islands
Sunny Chendi APNIC Australia
Syed Ahmed Telnet communication Ltd Bangladesh
Jack Matariki Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education Vanuatu
Hilmi Ghalib YODET Yemen
Fahmida Faiza World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA) Bangladesh
Virendra Kumar Investment Consultants India
Mohammad Uddin Internet Society Bangladesh Chapter Bangladesh
Saurav Kishor Care India India
Niranjan Patel Top Nepal International Pvt Ltd Nepal
Anup Paudel internstolearn.com Nepal
Lovensky Leon BoostIT Haiti
Chia Feng Hsu NTU Taiwan
Jim Prendergast The Galway Strategy Group United States
Satya Gupta Bluetown India
Shakiba Ibrahimkhail UNWOMEN Afghanistan
Sri Ojha Visva-Bharati India
Aris Ignacio Southville International School and Colleges Philippines
Juliana Harsianti Global Voices Indonesia
Shibendu Debbarma STPI India
Maureen Hilyard ALAC, ICANN Cook Islands
Sinfah Tunsarawuth Mahidol University International College Thailand
Champika Wijayatunga ICANN Australia
Jian-Chuan Zhang ICANN China
Jhulindra Monger Bhutan Silicon Metal Private Limited Bhutan
FuJen Hsueh ChengXun Tech CO., LTD Taiwan
Michael Suantak ASORCOM Myanmar
Tom Varghese Facebook Singapore
Seow Hiong Goh Cisco Systems Singapore
Sylvia Cadena APNIC Foundation Australia
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YIGF 2020

Youth IGF 2020

Youth is the largest demographic group of internet users. However, their voices are less heard in decision making processes related to the internet. With a dedication to raise the awareness of youth on internet governance and encourage young generations to participate in public policy discussion, Youth Internet Governance Forum (YIGF) has been initiated and is an integral part of Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) since its inception in 2010.

What is Youth IGF

Youth Internet Governance Forum (yIGF) has firstly been initiated by a group of NetMission Ambassadors (www.netmission.asia) in 2010 in parallel with the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). It aims to raise the awareness of youth on Internet governance discourse and to encourage the young generation to have more active engagement in policy discussion and the decision-making process.

Inspired by the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance, the yIGF is also established in the same multi-stakeholder approach as the IGF.

yIGF is usually a 4-day-3-night camp which participants are assigned with roles as one of the interest groups, including government, private sectors and NGOs, to brainstorm their ideas and voice out their opinions on the issues of Internet governance from new perspectives.

yIGF provides an open platform for the youth to express and interchange their ideas and own thoughts on Internet governance freely. It also serves as a preparation camp for them to understand various Internet issues and open their door to the international policy discussion.

You might find more details on www.yigf.asia.



NetMission.Asia is a network of passionate youth from Asia dedicated to engage and empower youth on Internet governance discourse with the aim to enhance youth mobility and create impact in Asia.

Students from top tertiary institutes or universities are recruited every year and will be provided with a series of training workshops. We are endeavoring to empower young minds and to constructively contribute to the local, regional and global Internet governance discourse through organising the Hong Kong Youth Internet Governance Forum (HKyIGF), international conferences and community projects.

NetMission Ambassadors are actively participating in various international Internet conferences, including ICANN meetings, IGF, APrIGF, Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) and Asia Pacific Next Generation Camp (APNG Camp).

To support and encourage youth participation on Internet governance, the ambassadors have been organising the yIGF in the Asia-Pacific regions, including Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Delhi, Macao, Taipei, Bangkok and Port Vila since 2010.

The NetY Program (www.nety.asia) is also initiated for further outreach to secondary school students from 2012 to 2014 by partnering with Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong. In 2016, it was firstly marked as HKyIGF (hk.yigf.asia) followed with a 3-day-2-night camp and an Internet Summit with the same approach used in the yIGF model.


Key Features

  1. Role-Play Discussion

All youth participants will be assigned to different stakeholder groups, for example, Civil Society, Private Sectors, Governments, etc. for the discussion of various internet governance issues. The aim of this simulation session is to let the youth to put themselves into other people’s shoes and encourage them to think from a multi-stakeholder perspective.

After experiencing multi-stakeholder perspective of thinking in role-play discussion, preparatory session will be organized to discuss some of the APrIGF workshop’s discussion topics from youth perspective. While the best way of practice is by actual participation, yIGF participants will attend APrIGF workshops and sit as panelists to share their discussion outcomes after preparatory session, that youth can bring contribution to actual Internet governance discussion in APrIGF.

  1. Idea Wall
    This session aimed at exchanging views and thoughts on various hot Internet topics. Participants are expected to put their ideas on the ideal wall by writing down their own thoughts on the sixth themes listed in the synthesis document, including 1) Cybersecurity, 2) Online Privacy and Protection, 3) Access and Empowerment, 4) Digital Economy and Emerging Internet Technologies, 5) Diversity and Inclusion, and 6) Multi-stakeholder Participation in Internet Governance.

Throughout the session, participants will interchange their insights freely and have a discussion all together on the selected themes after reviewing the posted ideas on the idea wall. Participants will be split into six groups according to their own interest to have further discussions on the topics. They will present and exchange their discussion outcomes at the end of the session.

  1. Mini-Townhall Session
    Mini-Townhall session is designed to build the capacity of participants for the synthesis document townhall session in APrIGF. In this session, participants were asked to raise their concerns or comment on the synthesis document. Participants have familiarized with the basic ideas of the synthesis document and have been equipped to voice out their opinions in the townhall session based on the following themes, including 1) Cybersecurity, 2) Online Privacy and Protection, 3) Access and Empowerment, 4) Digital Economy and Emerging Internet Technologies, 5) Diversity and Inclusion, and 6) Multi-stakeholder Participation in Internet Governance.

The mini-Townhall session will be divided into three parts. Participants will firstly be encouraged to raise their ideas in the first 30 minutes based on the sixth themes in the synthesis document. Participants will then be asked to comment and expand the discussion on the raised ideas for 30 minutes. Lastly, participants will form into groups according to their own interests based on the above sixth themes to facilitate further discussion and make comments on the synthesis document.

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