The 10th Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) is hosted by the Coordination Center for TLD RU and will be held from 16-19 July 2019 in Vladivostok, Russia.
APrIGF is one of the key regional initiatives on Internet governance. By adopting the multistakeholder approach as its core principle, APrIGF serves as a platform for discussion, exchange, and collaboration at a regional level, and also where possible to aggregate national IGF discussions, and ultimately, advance Internet governance development in the Asia Pacific region. The annual conference programme consists of three sessions: the pre-event meeting; the core conference; and, the youth IGF camp. This year's forum will be held under the theme 'Enabling a Safe, Secure and Universal Internet for All in Asia Pacific'.
In co-operation with the University of Indonesia, Diplo is co-hosting a session on the ethics behind computing machines. There will be four highly reputable speakers from the Asia Pacific region with excellent knowledge and expertise on this issue. This topic is in line with the idea that problems caused by the adoption of emerging technologies are rooted in the education of young software engineers, who do not have adequate exposure to the ethics behind big data and the computing power they manage. Consequently, they fail to anticipate the greater social impact that the software they build has.
Examples from Indonesia, Singapore, and South Korea will be discussed. Suggestions to problem-based learning with case studies and a multidisciplinary approach are expected to be the outcomes of this session.
Diplo's Shita Laksmi will be among the speakers in this session hosted by CCAOI, India. Laksmi will share the current challenge of misinformation in Indonesia, along with initiatives taken in Indonesia to counter misinformation. The session will then deliberate on the adequacy of the initiatives taken so far, and suggest further steps to be taken,
The panel discussion will analyse the role of global and regional Internet governance (IG) processes (the Internet Governance Forum Secretariat, APrIGF); the role of supporting organisations such as the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA); as well as organisations that play a role in capacity building, such as APNIC, DiploFoundation, and the Internet Society. The panel will also discuss the co-ordination mechanisms available to support IG discussions across the region, as well as financing and advocacy.
Diplo's Tereza Horejsova will discuss global training and capacity building in IG, her views on the Asia Pacific's engagement, and share examples of organisations that co-fund and support such efforts.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Dr Tereza Horejsova is currently based in Washington DC. Joining Diplo in 2012, Tereza has had an international career in academia and the non-governmental sector in the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and Switzerland. During her stay in Geneva (2012‒2016), she coordinated the activities of the Geneva Internet Platform. She holds an MA in International Area Studies and a PhD in European Studies, both from the Charles University in Prague.