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Industry: Internet governance
Email: sec@aprigf.asia
Website: http://aprigf.asia
Facebook: @APrIGF.Asia
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@aprigf_
Key People
Rajnesh Singh, Chair
Chester Soong, Vice-Chair
Sylvia Cadena, Vice-Chair
DotAsia Organisation, Secretariat

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum

Today, Asia has the strongest growing demand for Internet addresses. That is more and more people in Asia are using the Internet. In contrast to North America and Europe, demand for the Internet in Asia is not only growing, but also growing at an accelerating rate.

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) serves as a platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration at a regional level, and also where possible to aggregate national IGF discussions, ultimately advance the Internet governance development in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2010, while the global IGF[1] is already in its fifth and final year of its initial charter, and Regional IGFs have been established in many other regions, including Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, to date, Asia has seen no parallel forum for discussing Internet governance issues at a regional level. For the first time, the APrIGF is therefore being convened in Hong Kong with objectives to raise awareness and encourage participation from relevant stakeholders around the region on Internet governance issues, as well as to foster multi-lateral, multi-stakeholder discussion about issues pertinent to the Internet in Asia.

The multi-stakeholder approach is a core principle of the APrIGF with the emphasis on the diversity of participants and openness of the discussion. Valuing the youth as an important stakeholder and the future generations of the Internet, a Youth IGF also become an integral part of the APrIGF whereby they are held in parallel annually featuring a simulation of the multi-stakeholder discussion model among the young people on various Internet governance issues.

Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG)

The Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) of APrIGF is a self-organised committee with members from around the AP Internet Community formed with the below objectives:

  • To support and ensure the proper conduct of the organizational work of the annual Asia Pacific Regional IGF,
  • To promote and encourage dialogue among all stakeholders involved with Internet governance related issues in the Asia Pacific region, and
  • To act as an interface between the Asia Pacific IGF community and the global IGF community.

The membership emphasizes the inclusion of multi-stakeholders and so is open to any interested individuals within the AP region who are committed to:

  • The Organisational Principles of openness, transparency and multi-stakeholder cooperation,
  • Devote some time and effort in support of the APrIGF, and
  • Maintaining and demonstrating respect for all other members.

Any interested individuals who would like to join the MSG must read through the Operating Principles[2] of the MSG as well as acknowledging and accepting it. If you wish to become part of the MSG, please kindly contact the secretariat.

An Election Procedure[3] has been adopted by the MSG on 2 July 2015 during the APrIGF Macao 2015.

We welcome any comments and feedback on the Operating Principles from the community whereby amendments could be made under the discussion and decision from the MSG from time to time whenever necessary.

Upcoming Meeting

APrIGF Vanuatu 2018

Date: Prep-Day 13 Aug (Mon); Main Conference 14 Aug (Tue) - 16 Aug (Thu)

Venue: National Convention Centre, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Host: Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) & The Telecommunication & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR) of Vanuatu

Overarching Theme: Empowering the Communities in Asia Pacific to Build an Affordable, Inclusive, Open and Secure Internet


  • Cybersecurity
  • Online Privacy and Protection
  • Access and Empowerment
  • Digital Economy & Emerging Technologies
  • Diversity
  • Multi-Stakeholder Participation in Internet Governance

Potential Speakers List

This Potential Speakers List aims to help workshop organizers to enrich their proposal with diverse speakers and especially assist them to look out for speakers from the local vicinity as well as those with funding to travel for the event.

If you are planning to participate in APrIGF whether in-person or remotely and are open to sharing your expertise as a speaker, we encourage you to sign up as a Potential Speaker. Person on the Potential Speakers List may be invited by workshop organizers to be speaker/penalist on workshop relating to their field of expertise and experience

Please follow the steps to add yourself to the list.

  1. Create your account on ICANN wiki and create a profile page outlining your expertise & past experiences (Guide)
  2. Add yourself to the below table and type [[Your Name]] to link your wiki profile or any external profile
  3. Outline briefly 3 area of expertise that you can contribute to a session in the table. More in-depth references and details shall be included in your profile instead.
  4. Leave your contact email in your profile should you wish to be contacted directly by the workshop organizers or leave your contact details to the secretariat via the online form for any future enquiry from the community.
  5. Please specify your planned attendance in order to assist the planning of workshop organizers. **Note: No funding support will be given to any potential speakers on the list.
Salut. Name Job Title Organzation Stakeholder Group Geographical


3 Area of Expertise Secured Funding to Attend


e.g. Mr Rajnesh Singh Regional Directior of Asia Pacific Internet Society Technical Australia Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation, ICT4D, Future of the Internet Yes
e.g. Mr Edmon Chung CEO DotAsia Organisation Technical Hong Kong IDN, Universal Acceptance, Youth Mobility in Asia Yes

Past Meetings

Event Year Date City/Region Link
APrIGF 2018 August 13 - 16 Port Vila, Vanuatu
YIGF 2018 August 13 - 16 Port Vila, Vanuatu
APrIGF 2017 July 26 - 29 Bangkok, Thailand 2017.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2017 July 26 - 29 Bangkok, Thailand 2017.yigf.asia
APrIGF 2016 July 26 - 29 Taipei, Taiwan 2016.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2016 July 26 - 29 Taipei, Taiwan 2016.yigf.asia
APrIGF 2015 June 30 - July 03 Macao SAR, China 2015.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2015 June 30 - July 03 Macao SAR, China 2015.yigf.asia
APrIGF 2014 August 03 - 06 Delhi, India 2014.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2014 August 03 - 06 Delhi, India 2014.yigf.asia
APrIGF 2013 September 04 - 06 Seoul, Korea 2013.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2013 September 03 - 06 Seoul, Korea 2013.yigf.asia
APrIGF 2012 July 18 - 20 Tokyo, Japan 2012.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2012 July 19 Tokyo, Japan 2012.yigf.asia
APrIGF 2011 June 16 - 18 Singapore 2011.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2011 June 16 - 18 Singapore 2011.yigf.asia
APrIGF 2010 June 14 - 18 Hong Kong SAR, China 2010.aprigf.asia
YIGF 2010 June 12 - 14 Hong Kong SAR, China 2010.yigf.asia

Join the Community

If you are interested to stay in touch and join the community for discussions or any workshop collaborations, please contact the Secretariat to be subscribed to our mailing list.


  1. Internet Governance Forum <https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/>
  2. Operating Principles of MSG <https://aprigf.asia/msg.html#op>
  3. Election Procedure of APrIGF MSG <https://aprigf.asia/documents/APrIGF_MSG_Election_Procedure.pdf>