About

APNIC and the APNIC Foundation share a common vision of “a global, open, stable, and secure Internet that serves the entire Asia Pacific community”. Under its charter, the Foundation seeks to “advance education, on a non-profit making basis, in technical, operational and policy matters relating to Internet infrastructure, through undertaking or funding activities in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the Asia and the Pacific region”.

Incorporated in Hong Kong in September 2016, the Foundation was first discussed by the APNIC Executive Council (EC) in 2014, when it set out to explore a mechanism to support and expand the APNIC Development Program. The EC wanted to do this by raising funds, independent from APNIC membership contributions, to support regional Internet development efforts in the future.

Projects and activities funded by the Foundation are designed and managed by APNIC, in collaboration with funding partners interested in Internet development. These activities are implemented by APNIC and our partners, which include a growing group of community trainers and technical advisors, and other like-minded organizations.

The Foundation is guided by an independent Board of Directors – selected by the APNIC EC – that includes recognized and respected experts from the Asia Pacific Internet community. The Foundation’s staff are based in the APNIC office in Brisbane, Australia.

The Foundation welcomes support from, and collaboration with, other foundations, agencies and organizations working to develop the Internet in the Asia Pacific.

APNIC – A Respected and Recognized Partner

With more than 13,000 direct and indirect Members in almost every economy of the Asia Pacific, APNIC has spent over 20 years supporting the Internet to serve the region’s 3 billion citizens. Many of its 80-plus staff travel regularly in the region to support Members, provide training and technical assistance, or share expertise and information. APNIC also partners with many organizations through MoUs, sponsorships and informally to support the continuing development of the Internet.

APNIC’s success in partnering and seeking financial support for its activities is founded on five important assets:

  1. A strong technical focus and regional recognition as a source of best practice and expertise.
  2. Neutrality and independence from any particular vendors, services, or technologies.
  3. A non-profit organization with financial strength and transparency.
  4. Robust regional networks and relationships.
  5. Long track record of successful management and implementation.

The APNIC Foundation builds on and supports these strengths and APNIC’s strong history of success in training and community development.

APNIC development partners have included the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT); Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); the World Bank; the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the DotAsia Organization, and the Internet Society.

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