While Internet governance has global reach, it is also greatly influenced by local and regional issues. With this in mind, Cyber Stewards Network partner Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota of Chulalongkorn University, together with the Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), organized the recent Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum. Professor Ramasoota also serves as Vice President for Social Outreach and Global Engagement for Chulalongkorn University.
The APrIGF brought together over 500 participants to directly address the unique issues facing the Asia Pacific region.
The event is “…a multi-stakeholder platform for public policy on Internet and its impact on society. For almost a decade, the forum draws in discussions and incubates collaborations for the developments of universally affordable, accessible, non-discriminated, secure and sustainable internet across the region.”
Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Irene Poetranto attended the forum and participated in a number of events. “The forum directly tackled many pressing issues in Internet governance today, including online harassment, LGBTQ2+ expression and censorship, cybersecurity training, and youth-driven Internet governance initiatives,” she said.