Internet Governance – Building a Regional Community

 Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director – ICANN Asia Pacific

We’ve just wrapped up the Second ICANN APAC-TWNIC Engagement Forum held from 15-16 April in hybrid format. Local participants attended in-person, with remote participation available for regional participants and beyond.

The Forum was inaugurated in 2019, targeting the local community. We share a vision with our co-host, TWNIC, that Internet governance is a shared responsibility by all stakeholders and hope that the Forum can strengthen our engagement with the local community.

The community in Taiwan is comprised of a high-tech workforce, and takes a proactive approach to the development of emerging technologies, with heavy investments by global companies on artificial intelligence and Internet of Things. Despite these factors, industry stakeholders’ participation in ICANN remains relatively low. I think our sister Internet governance platforms, APNIC and IETF, will also stand to benefit from wider community participation.

Engaging Virtually

Plans for the Forum had to change in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but as we’ve quickly learned to engage virtually, the Forum returned this year with a stronger regional and international flavor. The speaker line up featured Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet (catch his opening speech) and included representation from economies such as Australia, India, Japan, Vietnam, etc. The Forum also featured the 35th TWNIC Internet Protocol Open Policy Meeting (IP OPM), which broadened the Forum’s discussions on topics such as cybersecurity incident response and managementdigital transformation, and IPv6 deployment. Click on the links for the session recordings.

We also offered YouTube livestreaming which garnered many viewers – close to 700 views for day one and 300 views for day two. One of the benefits of virtual engagement is the ability to view a session at your convenience, in the unfortunate event you missed the real-time opportunity to participate.

Participating in Internet Governance

Participation in Internet governance is important as no one person, organization, company, or government controls the Internet. The evolution of the Internet is shaped by multistakeholders through shared principles and decision-making procedures. These result in the development of global standards, such as those at the IETF on protocol parameters; IP addressing at Regional Internet Registries (APNIC in our region); or domain name policies at ICANN.

Participation does not necessarily mean the need to join discussions at platforms like APNIC, IETF, or ICANN. Globally-agreed standards need widespread adoption to keep the Internet safe, secure, and resilient, and prepare for the next billion Internet users. This is where industry – such as Internet service providers – come in to adopt the latest standards and technologies such as IPv6, Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI), Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), etc. Do check out our discussion on this topic at the Forum here.

Awareness is also required to achieve the widespread adoption mentioned above. This is where the civil society and end-user communities play a key role in the Internet governance space. A key topic that needs greater awareness, particularly for software and email providers, is the adoption of Universal Acceptance (UA), where domain names – long or short, or in different scripts – can be accepted by any software or application. This discussion was also featured at the Forum.

Check out the Forum’s website for the session videos, as well as more upcoming blogs of key takeaways from the discussions.


我們成功地在4月15至16日舉辦混合會議形式的第二屆ICANN APAC-TWNIC 交流論壇。在地的與會者可以現場參加,國際與區域的與會者則可線上參加會議。




本次論壇的規劃在2020年因應COVID-19全球疫情而有所改變,但隨著我們快速學習如何虛擬交流後,論壇在今年納入了更多的區域及國際參與。講者清單包含Vint Cerf,網際網路之父之一(您可以在此重聽他的開幕致詞);及如澳洲、印度、日本、越南等各個經濟體的講者。本次論壇亦包含了第35屆TWNIC開放政策會議(IP Open Policy Meeting,OPM),拓展了論壇的討論主題如:資安事件應變及管理數位轉型IPv6佈署。連結為各場次的影片




參與並不一定代表需要加入如APNIC、IETF或ICANN等平台討論。全球認同的標準需要廣泛的採納才能維持網路的安全、可靠與靈活,並準備好迎接新一波的十億網路使用者。相關產業如網路服務提供商(ISP)採用最新的標準與科技如IPv6、資源公鑰基礎建設(Resource Public Key Infrastructure,RPKI)、域名系統安全擴充(Domain Name Security Extension,DNSSEC)等。本次論壇活動的相關討論請參閱連結

要達成前述的廣泛採納,認知也是相當重要的一個環節。這是公民社會與終端使用者社群在網路治理空間中扮演重要角色之處。一個特別是對軟體及電子郵件服務提供商來說,需要更顯著認知的關鍵議題是全球通用(Universal Acceptance,UA),網域名稱不論長短或是所使用的書寫文字均能受到所有軟體及應用程式的支援。此議題也在本次論壇中有所討論


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