The Community Response
Across the Asia Pacific, Internet engineers are doing their best to build and manage networks that are robust, resilient, and efficient. In some cases, professional networks and community organizations are being formed as important mechanisms for knowledge sharing and professional development. These include so-called 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 organizational coordination.
These community groups play a vital role in the development and maintenance of the networks that make up the Internet. They also make ideal development partners, for the delivery of training and capacity building directly into local communities.
The APNIC Response
As the Internet registry for the Asia Pacific, APNIC is responsible for the management and distribution of critical Internet resources that are essential to the stable and reliable operation of the Internet.
A non-government, not-for-profit, membership-based organization, it is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) worldwide handling the fair distribution and responsible management of Internet Protocol (IP) and Autonomous System (AS) numbers and related services globally
APNIC serves 56 economies in the Asia Pacific region that together account for more than half of the world’s population, and where the vast majority of global Internet development activity will occur in the years ahead. We support over 10,000 ISPs and other network operators, who together are building and maintaining the region’s Internet infrastructure.
As part of its mission, APNIC is actively involved in the development of the Asia Pacific Internet community. It provides training and technical assistance, and invests in activities that support community and human capacity development. APNIC also supports and facilitates the deployment of important infrastructure such IXPs, root servers, and devices used to monitor and measure the Internet itself.
The aim of APNIC’s technical training is to improve the knowledge and expertise of Internet network operators, engineers, managers, educators, and regulators, ensuring they adopt and use best current practices. This helps them make full and efficient use of their Internet resources and effectively apply new technologies and techniques.
APNIC also provides training in broader Internet policy and governance matters and advocates the importance of technical expertise in discussions about managing the global Internet.
APNIC’s Technical Assistance supports the region’s Internet community in the deployment and maintenance of scalable and resilient networks using internationally-recognized, best current practices.
APNIC works with recognized Internet specialists to provide customized technical mentoring on core APNIC competencies and services; improve the technical understanding of Internet technologies in practical ways; and provide technical support for the deployment of root servers and IXPs.
Every year, APNIC provides fellowships to members of the Asia Pacific Internet community to allow them to attend technical training and conferences where they can engage and learn from recognized international experts. The APNIC fellowship program places special emphasis on supporting diversity in the community, ensuring the participation of women, young people and those from less developed economies.
APNIC supports the continuing development of the Asia Pacific’s thriving community of NOGs because they play a crucial role in the operation of the Internet.
In addition to its NOG support, APNIC also organizes its own annual conference and partners with other regional bodies to organize the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT). APNIC also sponsors and supports a wide range of other Asia Pacific events and organizations.
APNIC manages a successful grants and awards program called the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) that supports national and regional projects that use the Internet to achieve social and economic development in the region.
An established and respected program that has supported numerous important initiatives, ISIF Asia has invested in Internet infrastructure and services that are affordable and efficient, innovative Internet applications that are successful and sustainable models for the provision of Internet services.
APNIC is committed to worldclass research and development initiatives looking at routing, security, DNS, IPv6, policy and IP addressing issues. This research is designed to inform APNIC’s operational and policy activities and to assist community members to better understand the operation of the global Internet.
It also helps the APNIC community to better understand and identify technical problems and suggest possible solutions and strategies.