How the Foundation works


The APNIC Foundation leverages APNIC’s 25+ years of proven technical and developmental leadership in the Internet to build human and community capacity for Internet development in our region. It actively seeks to raise more funds to support and expand APNIC’s development priorities by building new relationships with donors and partners with the resources to support collaboration.

As the Regional Internet address Registry (RIR) for the Asia Pacific, APNIC has a unique position as an authoritative, respected and trusted not-for-profit. A non-government, membership-based organization, it is one of five RIRs worldwide responsible for managing critical Internet number resources (IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and Autonomous System Numbers) that are essential to the operation of the Internet.

How the Foundation works

Serving 56 economies in the Asia Pacific that together account for more than half of the world’s population, and where most of global Internet development activity will occur in the years ahead, APNIC supports over 17,000 ISPs and other network operators, who together are building and maintaining the region’s Internet infrastructure.

The Community Response

In the Asia Pacific, Internet engineers are building and managing some of the world’s largest and most challenging networks, working hard to ensure they are robust, efficient, and secure. To support this challenging work, professional networks and community organizations are increasingly important mechanisms used by engineers for training, knowledge sharing, and professional development.

These organizations include open and neutral IXPs for Internet traffic; Network Operator Groups (NOGs) for technical and operational development; Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs or CERTs) for security issues; and associations of Internet Service Providers (ISPAs) for industry coordination.

“82% of respondents report a shortage of cybersecurity skills. 71% of respondents report the shortage in cybersecurity skills does direct and measurable damage” according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies 2016 report “Hacking the Skills Shortage: A study of the international shortage in cybersecurity skills”.

These organizations play a key role in helping to coordinate solutions to the technical and security challenges faced by the networks that comprise the Internet in the Asia Pacific. They also make ideal partners for the delivery of training and capacity building for network engineers and others in the Internet community.

The APNIC Response

As the Regional Internet address Registry (RIR) for the Asia Pacific, APNIC has been dedicated to the healthy development of the Internet in our region for over 25 years.

A non-government, not-for-profit, membership-based organization, it is one of five RIRs worldwide charged with the responsible management of the critical number and addressing resources (IPv4 and IPv6) that are essential to the operation of the Internet.

Serving 56 economies in the Asia Pacific that together account for more than half of the world’s population, and where most of global Internet development activity will occur in the years ahead, APNIC supports over 13,000 ISPs and other network operators, who together are building and maintaining the region’s Internet infrastructure.

APNIC believes that to provide a “global, open, stable, and secure Internet that serves the entire Asia Pacific community” we must build the region’s capacity in these three key areas.

The purpose of the APNIC Foundation is to support APNIC in building human and community capacity for Internet development in our region.