Thank you for taking the time to apply for 2023 ISIF Asia grants!
02-05-2023: The call for applications for the 2023 round of ISIF Asia grants has now closed. Foundation staff and the selection committees will commence reviewing the applications and successful projects will be announced in due course. The Foundation appreciates the time and effort put in by all the applicants. We look forward to learning about your projects!
New APIE ‘Understanding the Internet’ course reaches 71 economies
27-03-2023: “Understanding the Internet,” the Asia Pacific Internet Engineer Program (APIE) online course produced by the SOI Asia Project and supported by the APNIC Foundation, has reached more than 370 learners from 71 economies and regions around the world in its first month. Professor Jun Murai guides learners through the basics of the Internet and the importance of network engineering for improving Internet infrastructure. Learn more about this APIE course here.
Switch! participants share their APRICOT 2023 experiences
17-03-2023: Participants in the Switch! project shared their experiences of the APRICOT 2023 conference on the APNIC blog. They discussed their careers and which sessions they found the most useful.
ISIF Asia grantee Ulrich Speidel writes about Starlink experiences
16-03-2023: ISIF Asia grantee Ulrich Speidel writes about his experiences using and testing Starlink in New Zealand. Read more on the APNIC blog.
Switch! participant Maris Miranda in Philippine media
16-03-2023: Maris Miranda writes about women’s rights in ICT.
“As a global community, we must rethink our values and how they impact everyone. We must consider the different needs of people who are themselves distinct from one another, based on a variety of qualities and factors—like gender. It’s a mindset we have to teach consistently, starting with our children.
Let’s leave patriarchal norms in the past. Women deserve their seats at the table. Involve them in discussions and decision-making. Domestic and caregiving activities must be a shared responsibility. This way, we allow everyone equal (or at least equitable) opportunities.
We need to recognize the potential of women and encourage them to explore STEM fields. Civil society efforts like the SWITCH SEA Project are a good start, but they have to be sustained, enhanced, and hopefully, expanded. In research and when addressing social issues, we should include gender-aggregated data for more comprehensive and well-rounded recommendations or solutions. And when creating spaces online, let’s not forget to make them gender-inclusive and sensitive, too.”
Read the full piece on GMA Network.
APIE online course ‘Understanding the Internet’ open to public
06-03-2023: The APIE online course “Understanding the Internet,” produced by the SOI Asia Project and supported by the APNIC Foundation, opened to the public at the end of February. Learners are guided by Professor Jun Murai through the basics of Internet infrastructure to learn how it works and operates, how it is globally governed, and understand the importance of engineering for improving Internet infrastructure. Learn more about the course.
ISIF Asia opens 2023 grant applications
02-03-2023: ISIF Asia’s 2023 grants are now open for applications! Grants are focused on network operations and Internet development in the Asia Pacific. Almost any kind of organization can apply! Find out more on the ISIF Asia site.
Check out the Foundation APRICOT 2023 session on climate and inclusion
27-02-2023: The Foundation just wrapped up its first session at APRICOT2023: Fostering technical community action on climate and inclusion.
Foundation CEO Duncan Macintosh provided a summary of the Foundation, followed by Head of Programs and Partnerships Sylvia Cadena, who gave an update on Foundation projects.
We were extremely pleased to have Edmon Chung, CEO of the DotAsia Foundation to present on the ISIF Asia-supported EcoInternet Index project. And the Switch Gender and Diversity project National Coordinator for the Philippines, Mia Perez, provided a great summary of the project’s activities.
The Foundation will also be hosting a session on diversity and inclusivity in the technical sector on Wednesday 1 March – come join us at the conference in Manila or online.
Foundation activities at APRICOT / APNIC 55
Site visit to ISIF Asia grantee CVISNET
The project uses the Locally Accessible Cloud System (LACS) to provide connectivity to a primary school on Gilutongan. The project is also working on connectivity after disasters and experimenting with coin-operated broadband to enable economic development.
Foundation Grant to help establish CERT in Solomon Islands
14-02-2023: The Solomon Islands Ministry of Communication and Aviation is establishing a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). The project is receiving a USD 120,000 grant from the APNIC Foundation.
The funding continues the Foundation’s support for cybersecurity development in the Pacific. The project will strengthen cybersecurity engagement in the region and provide training for cybersecurity staff locally.
Discover more about CERTs on the APNIC website.
The APNIC Academy in 2022
13-02-2023: 2022 was a busy year for the APNIC Academy, with 141 instructor-led (live online, hybrid, and face-to-face) workshops and tutorials delivered to 3,849 people across the Asia Pacific region. Internet Routing, IPv6 and RPKI were the most frequently taught subjects, accounting for more than half of the training delivered over the year. Discover more on the APNIC blog’s latest update.
The Foundation is proud to support the Academy in providing technical education resources to the Asia Pacific Internet community.
A summary of Foundation activities in 2022
18-01-2023: The APNIC Blog has a post on Foundation activities in 2022. A few highlights from the year include the launching of our technical training and mentoring project in Afghanistan, a bigger-than-ever Switch! gender diversity project, and another diverse round of ISIF Asia grantees including the first ever Ian Peter grants for Internet and the Environment.
Welcome session held for Technical training and mentoring support to Internet professionals in Afghanistan
19-12-2022: The Foundation project project ‘Technical training and mentoring support to Internet professionals in Afghanistan’ held its welcome session today, bringing together Internet professionals inside Afghanistan as well as Afghans based outside the economy, to introduce them to the project as well as courses available on the APNIC Academy. The Foundation looks forward to working with these enthusiastic professionals in 2023 to support them in their career goals.
2022 ISIF Asia grantees announced
12-12-2022: The Foundation is pleased to announce the ISIF Asia grantees for 2022! The 18 grants include funding for satellite connectivity to support education projects in Samoa, the development of a Security Operations Center to support SMEs in Thailand, a disaster early warning system in Pakistan and a bug bounty programs to improve security within Sri Lankan government agencies. The Foundation has also given its first ever Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment. Discover more on the ISIF Asia blog.
2022 Foundation Grants announced
28-11-2022: The APNIC Foundation maintains a variety of avenues for providing support to the technical community in the Asia Pacific. Foundation Grants support activities that have strong alignment with the Foundation’s mission but fall outside of our other funding mechanisms. The Foundation’s 2022 Grants include support for activities ranging from public events through to support for Internet Exchange Points and fellowships. Find out more here.
ISIF Asia inaugural IPv6 grant recipients announced
22-11-2022: ISIF Asia is proud to announce the recipients of its inaugural IPv6 Deployment grants! We are confident these four organizations will do great work supporting IPv6 in Asia Pacific networks. Discover more on the ISIF Asia blog.
Introducing Switch! to the SOI Asia & AI3 community
17-11-2022: Switch! National Coordinator for the Philippines Maria (Mia) Perez delivered a presentation about the Foundation’s Switch project, on Day 3 of the 54th AI3 & SOI Asia Joint meeting held in Manila (15-17 November 2023). The meeting was an opportunity to showcase the impacts of the Switch! project in the region. For more information on the Foundation’s gender and diversity projects, see the website.
ARENA-PAC signs an agreement to enhance collaboration with the Philippines’ REN (PREGINET), AI3 and SOI Asia
15-11-2022: ARENA-PAC and the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology Institute Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) inked a deal at the 54th AI3 & SOI Asia Joint Meeting (15-17 November 2022) in Manila. The agreement will enable the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network to ARENA-PAC’s global NREN hub in Guam. AI3 and SOI Asia projects, supported by the APNIC Foundation, are key players in the realization of this agreement and future research collaboration. For further information, check the press release on the ARENA-PAC website.
APNIC Foundation and USAID sign partnership agreement to achieve open, stable, and secure Internet in the Philippines
18-11-2022: The APNIC Foundation has signed a partnership agreement with the USAID Better Access and Connectivity (BEACON) project, with the primary mission of supporting Internet development in the Asia Pacific, to build human and community capacity towards an open, stable, and secure internet in the Philippines.
Learn the story behind satellite connectivity research by ISIF Asia awardee
10-11-2022: An ISIF Asia award winner has detailed the background to his satellite connectivity research on the APNIC Blog. Project lead Dr Ulrich Speidel, who leads the work by the University of Auckland, wrote about his efforts to improve satellite connections on Pacific islands. Read all about it on the APNIC blog.
MoU signed between PNG, APNIC and Foundation
26-10-2022: APNIC and the Foundation are dedicated to supporting the digital transformation efforts of Pacific economies. It was great to host the Papua New Guinea telecommunications delegation at APNIC offices recently, as an MoU was signed to support cybersecurity, NOGs and gender diversity in technical roles. More information available in media reports and PNG ministry social media.
Foundation catch up with Cybergreen team
14-10-2022: Foundation and APNIC staff met with the team at the Cybergreen Institute to discuss their work on developing a science of cyber public health. More information on those efforts, including research papers, are available on the Cybergreen site.
APIE program wraps up first pilot course
21-09-2022: APNIC’s Paul Wilson and Che-Hoo Cheng, and course lead Prof. Jun Murai celebrated the last e-Workshop session with APIE learners on September 17. It was a 20-week journey through live sessions with guest from the IT area in parallel with the APIE Online course. Congratulations to all those who accomplished the first pilot run of this course!
APNIC 54: That’s a wrap:
16-09-2022: This has been a very special APNIC conference for the Foundation, as it gave us a valuable chance to reconnect with our community in person after the recent pandemic years. Thank you for being a fantastic community! More pictures from the conference are available on the APNIC Blog.
Congratulations to our ISIF Asia awardees!
14-09-2022: The APNIC Foundation is pleased to award the University of Auckland and Swiss German University for their work on satellite connections and cybersecurity initiatives at an event held at Temasek Shophouse in Singapore. To find out more, visit the ISIF Asia blog.
Watch the Foundation session at APNIC 54
13-09-2022: The APNIC Foundation session held at APNIC 54 was an opportunity to brief the community on the projects of the APNIC Foundation, recognize our ISIF Asia 2022 awardees, and give an update on the Switch! gender inclusion project operating in six economies. Watch it on Youtube below:
Position available: Gender Equality and Inclusion specialist
09-09-2022: The APNIC Foundation has a vacancy available for a Gender Equality and Inclusion specialist. Come join the team! You can find out more here.
ISIF Asia announces 2022 award winners
09-09-2022: ISIF Asia is proud to announce the winners of the ISIF Asia Awards 2022:
The Network coded tunnels for satellite links project, led by the University of Auckland (New Zealand) that lets remote island communities in the Pacific make more efficient use of the satellite Internet connections they rely on. Project leader Dr. Ulrich Speidel will accept the award.
The Honeynet Threat Sharing Platform, designed by Swiss German University (Indonesia), collects, categorizes, and distributes cybersecurity threat information from malicious traffic discovered in partner “honeypots” around the world. Project leader Dr. Charles Lim, will accept the award.
The ISIF Asia Awards were first introduced in 2011 to celebrate the outstanding organizations and individuals supporting community needs through innovative uses of Internet technologies. Awardees receive USD 5,000 and support to attend the APNIC54 conference in Singapore.
The awards will be presented at a Foundation session at APNIC 54 on Tuesday, 13 September. Come join us in Singapore, or online via zoom!
Switch! project welcomes new participants
29-08-2022: The Switch! project has just welcomed its many new participants! Almost a hundred of the project’s 140+ participants managed to join us from all six participating economies (Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam), for the welcome session.
Thanks everyone for coming along! We look forward to being part of your career journey in the coming year! More information is available on the Switch! project here.
Foundation signs MoU with Keio University
23-08-2022: The APNIC Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Keio University to ensure the ongoing cooperation on both the School on Internet Asia (SOI Asia) and AI3 initiatives. The Foundation and Keio University work closely together on a variety of Knowledge and Infrastructure initiatives, such as the Asia Pacific Internet Engineering (APIE) program.
Yoshinobu ‘Maz’ Matsuzaki briefs APIE pilot program
20-08-2022: The guest speaker at APIE‘s e-Workshop #8 was Yoshinobu ‘Maz’ Matsuzaki. Maz is well known in the field for participating in several communities as instructor and speaker on network design, operations and security. He is a key contributor to the stable operations of the Internet in Asia Pacific. Check out the site for more information about the course, which is currently a pilot program and will open to the public in 2023
The APNIC Foundation 2021 Annual Report is now available
08-08-2022: The APNIC Foundations’ 2021 Annual report is now available. 2021 was a big year for the Foundation, with a record number of ISIF Asia projects coming amid a global pandemic. Both the PacTraining and SWITCH SEA projects had to rapidly adapt to the new situation. Discover how the APNIC Foundation adapted to face these challenges and catch up on all of our projects.
The Mentoring Project – Afghanistan survey is underway
22-07-2022: We’re looking for members of the technical community with experience in Afghanistan to help us design our upcoming mentoring project, via a short survey. Please share it around. Thank you! The survey will close on 8 August, 2022.
APIE e-Workshop session #4 features Professor Jun Murai (Keio University, Japan)
14-07-2022: As of 14 July, 14 students have graduated from APIE Online Course #1: Understanding the Internet. Next up is Course 2: Operating the Internet, which will give them more hands-on activities.
Find out more about what they learned.
Another Retained Community Trainer joins the team
27-06-2022: The third retained Community Trainer (CT) has joined APNIC!
Since 2016, APNIC has been running a CT program for individuals interested in providing technical training to the community on a volunteer basis. With Foundation support, APNIC has expanded the CT program in scope and opportunity. It now includes retained CTs.
Ulsbold Enkhtavian from Mongolia now joins Ana Liezel Manangan from the Philippines and Minh Lay (Makito) from Cambodia as retained CTs. We are currently hiring from other economies including Pakistan, Fiji, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vanuatu. Find out more about the retained CT program or put in an application to join here.
APIE e-Workshop session #4 features Professor Jun Murai (Keio University, Japan)
25-06-2022: APIE e-Workshop session #4 “Make the Future Internet” brings Professor Jun Murai, from Keio University (Japan) and the lead educator of APIE Online Course 1. Also known as “the father of Internet in Japan,” Murai delivered a special talk about what’s coming next for the Internet and the important contribution of younger generations for the future of an Internet-based society. Learn more about the course on the APIE site.
Discover the recent progress on the OpenLI Lawful Intercept project
17-06-2022: An ISIF Asia-supported project has made great strides in recent years in spreading awareness of the open source OpenLI software that enables network operators to conduct lawful intercepts more easily. Over the past few years, the University of Waikato team have taken it from local, to global. Learn more on the APNIC Blog.
APNIC strategic engagement director Pablo Hinojosa addresses APIE e-Workshop session #3
11-06-2022: APIE e-Workshop session #3 explored the topic “Join the Internet”. Guest speaker Pablo Hinojosa, director of strategic engagement at APNIC, shared an overview of Internet Governance and its current status in the global scenario. Check the APIE site for more information about the course, which is currently a pilot program and will be open to the public in 2023.
ISIF Asia receives 120 grant applications
07-06-2022: The ISIF Asia 2022 open call for proposals received 120 applications: an increase on last year’s applications of more than 60%. Included in this total are 25 applications to the new Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment. The Inclusion program received approximately 50% of the applications, Knowledge program 30%, and Infrastructure program 20%. Applications are currently being reviewed by the selection committees. We expect to announce this year’s grantees at APNIC’s conference, APNIC 54, in September.
Switch! SEA closes expressions of interest
31-05-2022: The Switch! SEA project has closed its expressions of interest survey. To find out more about this project, hear from those who participated in the first round of the project.
ISIF Asia closes grant applications
31-05-2022: ISIF Asia’s 2022 round of Infrastructure, Inclusion and Knowledge grants are now closed. Applications for ISIF Asia’s IPv6 grants are still open. For more information, visit the ISIF Asia website.
APIE e-Workshop welcomes Vincent “Achie” Atienza (Globe Telecom, Philippines)
28-05-2022: The APIE e-Workshop session #2 “Touch the Internet” welcomed Vincent “Achie” Atienza, from Global Telecom (Philippines). Achie talked to APIE learners about his stories and experiences that contributed to connect the Philippines to the Internet. The course will be open to the public in 2023 after it finishes its pilot program. Discover more on the APIE site.
APIE program opens its online course and online workshops
14-05-2022: The APIE pilot program is open for its first group of internet engineering learners! Discover what they will be learning about on the APIE site.
Catching up with longstanding supporters in Japan
13-05-2022: Foundation CEO Duncan Macintosh recently stopped in at the offices of the Japan Network Information Centre (JPNIC) in Tokyo to catch up with some long-standing Foundation supporters.
Update on Foundation projects at SOI/AI3 meeting
12-05-2022: Foundation CEO Duncan Macintosh addressed the SOI/AI3 joint meeting, giving an update on current Foundation projects. In addition, ISIF Asia grantee Ulrich Speidel also gave an update on his #satellite research in the Pacific.
Switch! SEA project open for expressions of interest
05-05-2022: The Switch! SEA project is inviting expressions of interest from women and LGBTQI+ people in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Timor Leste, the Philippines and Viet Nam. The project offers personalized professional development support and online mentoring. Express your interest here.
APIE site goes live
31-03-2022: The Asia Pacific Internet Engineer Program (APIE) now has a live website. Run by SOI Asia and supported by the Foundation, APIE will help train the next generation of Internet professionals in Asia. Find out more on the APIE site.
Developing grassroots Wi-Fi infrastructure policy
28-03-2022: 2021 ISIF Asia Grantee the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) is helping connect communities in the Philippines via Point to Point (P2P) Wi-Fi connections. Grassroots organizations get involved, and develop policy about how they will fund the infrastructure on an ongoing basis. Join the discussion on Facebook.
ISIF Asia 2022 grants open for applications
15-03-2022: ISIF Asia’s 2022 grants are now open for applications. Check the ISIF Asia website for more information. Grants cover Internet development projects in three key areas: Infrastructure, Inclusion and Knowledge. For the first time ever, the Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment are being offered, which cover projects relating to the Internet and the Environment.
APNIC Foundation signs MOU with APNIC, APIX and ISOC to help develop IXPs in Asia Pacific
02-03-2022: The APNIC Foundation is partnering with other Internet organizations to help develop IXPs in the Asia Pacific, starting with a project in the Maldives. Find out more on the APNIC Blog, or follow the discussion on the APNIC Foundation’s Linkedin account.