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Pacific Islands to be heard at the Internet Governance Forum

Pacific Islands to be heard at the Internet Governance Forum

Pacific Islands to voice their opinion about how the Internet should be run through the remote hubs from the
27-30 September, 2011.

The Pacific will contribute and participate in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in
Nairobi, Kenya from the 27 – 30 September 2011. Workshop topics align with the pillars of the Pacific Plan,
which include good governance, security, sustainable development, and economic growth.

To continue to build this participation regionally and globally, local organisations host local hubs where anyone
can watch and participate. In the Pacific region, the Pacific ICT community will be hosting a remote hub, using
state of the art videoconference rooms in the Japan-Pacific ICT centre at the University of the South Pacific’s
(USP) regional campuses. Pacific stakeholders can take part remotely via a moderator and be a part of the
diverse and rich resources the IGF offers.

The theme of this years Forum is “The Internet as a catalyst for change, access, development, freedoms, and
innovation”. Tenanoia Simona, the Hub Coordinator in Tuvalu pointed out that a key role the IGF will play
going forward is to enable access to the “next billions” of users who will come online, the majority of them
which are likely to be from the Asia Pacific region.

“It is essential that developing economies have the ability to access the Internet. The IGF provides the space
where local and regional collaboration catalyses these changes”.

The Internet Governance Forum is a yearly meeting where Internet stakeholders (including Civil Society,
Government, the Technical Community and Business) from around the world discuss the latest issues about
the Internet they want. It follows an open, multi-stakeholder governance model, enabling developing
economies like the Pacific to engage with these stakeholders to enhance their understanding of topical issues
and share relevant best practice information. It is a place of robust discussion where decisions made are not

Herman Kunsei, the Hub Coordinator in Papua New Guinea and Rajiv Prasad, the Hub Coordinator in Fiji
stressed that powerful collaboration, outreach, and inclusiveness has helped to bring about these discussions
in a more harmonious way.

The remote hub in Tuvalu is gathering government departments, church groups, communities, representatives
from remote islands.

To see the list of Plenaries, Open Forums and Workshops at the Internet Governance Forum, or to participate,
see http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/w2011/list-of-workshops-2011 .

For information on the remote hub nearest to your location, see http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/remote-
participation-2011/list-of-remote-hubs-2011 .

This initiative is supported by members of the Pacific ICT community through PICISOC, the Pacific Islands
Telecommunications Association (PITA), the University of the South Pacific, APNIC, Internet New Zealand,
Pacific Internet Partnerships and the United Nations Internet Governance Forum Secretariat.

Get more information on the Pacific IGF Outreach Team via prepacigf@gmail.com

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Comment by Stanley Osao on September 19, 2011 at 5:11am
IG issues of pacific are unique in its way, due to geographical diversity of the countries and territories in region. Thus, it has to be tailor-addressed.



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