APTLD80 & Pacific Internet Governance Forum

(A Joint Forum)

The virtual and hybrid Pacific Internet Governance - APTLD80 forum is co- sponsored by the Pacific Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) in partnership with Asia Pacific Top-Level Domain (APTLD), the UN-Internet Governance Forum Secretariat, the University of the South Pacific, Internet Society (ISOC) , Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet NZ and key stakeholders across the Pacific

6-9 September 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Meeting will be held on a unique and innovative Virtual Event Platform (VEP) provided by a New Zealand's leading event management and technology company. Our cutting-edge virtual event home on the VEP will be accessible to registered participants only and will be kept live for 30 days after APTLD80. It will allow Members to access the Meeting schedules, breakout rooms, speaker details, presentations (live and on demand), as well as to ask questions, text and video chat with fellow attendees and speakers and even to arrange 1-1 meetings. The platform is access controlled (managed through individualized access links) and is browser based, so no need for special downloads. We hope you will enjoy a new experience!
Try a short demo video to get ready for the Meeting.

*Legends: PAC IGF sessions are colored in light blue, APTLD Sessions are colored in ivory yellow, and Joint APTLD-PAC IGF sessions are colored in olive green*

Fiji Time Singapore Time Day 0. Monday 6 September
09:00 - 09:10

An overview of the Pacific IGF and APTLD Event - What to Expect from 6 - 9 September

Anju Mangal (A4AI-World Wide Web Foundation), Andrew Molivurae (PICISOC Board Member) and Leonid Todorov (General Manager, APTLD)

09:15-10:30 05:15-06:30

Session 0 - A Journey down the Memory Lane

Pacific IGF session for newcomers and Q&A from the audience.
What is Internet Governance and Why does it matter to the Pacific?

Moderator: Rajnesh Singh, Regional Vice President for the Asia-Pacific, Internet Society

  • Tenanoia Simona, ICT Programme Manager, Government of Tuvalu
  • Jackson Miake, Director, Vanuatu Internet Governance, Vanuatu
  • Franck Martin, Senior Staff Systems Engineer, LinkedIn, U.S.A
  • Dr. Will Tibben, Lecturer- Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Christina Kuper, Permanent Mission of Solomon Islands, Geneva
10:30-11:00 06:30-07:00 Tea Break - in-country hub facilitators to organise tea
11:00-12:30 07:00-08:30

Session 1: Enhancing Security in the Pacific

As more and more people, applications and systems go online, Cybersecurity is becoming important for the Pacific. This round table discussion brings together experts to discuss cybersecurity issues affecting the region. There will be 10 minute interventions per speaker followed by 40minutes of open floor discussion. Round table discussion on cybersecurity issues affecting the region.

Moderators/Facilitators: Cherie Lagakali, PICISOC Chair and GCFE Board Member, Klee Aiken, Principal Pacific Partnership Advisor, CERT NZ

  • Siosaia Vaipuna, Director, CERT Tonga - Major regional trends
  • Selu​vaia Kauvaka, Tonga Women in ICT (TWICT) - Awareness Raising and what is being done and how to get everyone involved in educating communities on how to stay safe online
  • Savenaca Siwatibau, Digital Forensics and Investigations, Fiji Police Force - Ransomware as an example of recent threats
  • Peni Koroiadi, Manager Infrastructure, Fiji National Provident Fund - SME security, its importance, why and what businesses and individuals need to remember to ensure security online
  • Adli Wahid, Senior Internet Security Specialist, APNIC - Fraud & Social Engineering, as an example of issues faced by individuals
12:30-13:30 09:30-10:00

APTLD Trainees Welcome

PAC IGF Lunch Break - in-country hub facilitators to facilitate
in-country hub facilitators to organise light refreshments

14:00-15:30 10:00-11:30

Session 2

Digital Transformation and e-Government services - Are they People- Centric?

Digital Government promotes the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve the governance of government operations, transparency, efficiency and policymaking and public service delivery. How are the governments in the Pacific working towards a more cohesive approach to ensure that e-services are available to citizens and they are able to access the services. And what would be the cross-sectoral approach in ensuring that all government services and departments/ministries are connected and working together?

Moderator: Artila Devi, Education and Partnerships Manager, Catalpa International, Fiji

  • Renga Teannaki, Senior ICT Policy Analyst, Government of Kiribati
  • Ronnie Aiolupotea, ICT e-government expert and Consultant (user perspective)
  • Alapati Taupo, Senior Education Officer, Government of Tuvalu
  • Gabriela Leite-Soares, Head of Health, Catalpa International
  • Sam Taufao, ICT Adviser to the Prime Minister, Government of Solomon Islands

Session 3

Training/Tutorial: Governance of the Internet

This session will run like a tutorial / capacity development type discussion to share some best practices around Domain Names Systems (DNS), IP Address management and security. Get updated on key topics under discussion to expand the names and numbers landscape, initiatives and participation opportunities.

Moderator: Savenaca Vocea, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement for Oceania, ICANN

  • Joyce Chen, Senior Advisor - Strategic Engagement, APNIC
  • Champika Wijayatunga, Regional Technical Engagement Manager, APAC- ICANN
  • Pablo Hinojosa, Strategic Engagement Director, APNIC
  • Aftab Siddiqui, Project Lead- MANRS, Senior Manager Internet Technology, Internet Society
14:00 - 17:00

(concurrently with Session 2 & 3)

(concurrently with Session 2 & 3)

APTLD Training Session Day 1

Cybersecurity: Concepts and Misconceptions

Delivered by Prof. Pablo Molina, a renowned expert in the subject matter, the class focuses on such key aspects as concepts and definitions; cybersecurity frameworks, including ISO 27001;cybercrime conventions, treaties, and policies, including domain name administrators' data protection and the European Union GDPR; misconceptions, and current and emerging issues; among others, and also includes interactive simulation exercises.
The class is also envisioned to serve as an groundbreaking webinar under a new exclusive program on cybersecurity APTLD will be running for the Membership in cooperation with the Drexel University, ranked among top 100 best-value schools and most innovative schools in the USA.
At the closure of the class Prof. Molina will walk the audience through the future program and terms and conditions of participation in it, and academic awards upon its completion.
The webinar will be open to all participants in APTLD80-Pacific IGF; preregistration will be required.
For more information please contact sec@aptld.org.

Fiji Time Singapore Time Day 0. Tuesday 7 September
09:00-10:30 05:00-06:30

Session 4: Digital Connectivity in the Pacific

Digital connectivity could be thought of as access to the required infrastructure, such as electricity, mobile networks, internet services and devices. In addition, meaningful digital connectivity may require digital skill acquisition and competence. It may also involve the production of easily accessible, relevant and useful content and digital services.
In the present pandemic, and in light of increasingly frequent cyclones and other severe weather events, digital connectivity could be thought of as essential in the Pacific region and elsewhere.
This session will focus on digital connectivity in the Pacific. A panel will discuss the following key questions. What are the challenges? What has been done and who are the key players? How can we accelerate digital connectivity initiatives in the Pacific?

Moderator: Dr. Amanda H A Watson, Research fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University

  • Lematua Gisa Fuatai Purcell, CEO and Regulator, Office of the Regulator, Samoa
  • Emani Lui, CEO, Makanet and Kaniu, Internet Service Provider, Niue-NZ
  • Shivnesh Prasad, Digital Development Specialist, World Bank, Pacific
  • Pedro Tavares, Digital and ICT development leader, Government Digital Transformation, Solomon Islands
  • Brian Winji, Regulator, Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory of Vanuatu
10:30-11:00 06:30-07:00 Tea Break - in-country hub facilitators to organise tea
11:00-12:00 07:00-08:00

Session 5: Emerging Technologies

This session focuses on the new technologies or digital frontiers that are fast evolving. Is the Pacific ready for new tech such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence, big data, blockchain and cryptocurrencies? This session is going to focus on the key factors in the current emerging tech landscape - risks and opportunities.

Moderator: Priscilla Kevin, Vice-President International and Co-Founder Digital ICT Cluster, Papua New Guinea

  • Kenneth Katafono, Director, Traseable Solutions, Pacific
  • Sarai Tevita, ICT Director, University of Samoa
  • Crystal Kewe, CEO Crysan - Software Engineer, Business Entrepreneur, Papua New Guinea
  • Maleulu Jobenz Manoa, Principal ICT Officer, Government of Samoa
12:00-13:00 08:00-09:00 Group photo - PAC IGF Lunch Break - in-country hub facilitators to facilitate
13:00-15:00 09:00-11:00

APTLD Training Session Day 2

Marketing: Learning Market Research: Tools for knowing your customers

We think we know a lot about our customers, but it is important to verify and update our knowledge. This is where market research techniques such as surveys, focus groups and analysis of social media data come in handy. Yet which technique to use and how to best design the best research instrument require certain skills, which this training will provide. It will have two parts, first focusing on research design (which method to choose based on what one wants to understand about one’s customer) and the second - focusing on designing research instruments.
The Training is a part of the APTLD unique tailored curriculum developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois and industry practitioners.

Session 6: A Lightning Talk on Digital Inclusion

Is Digital Trade Inclusive or Exclusive?

The Lightning Talk will share the recent Pacific experience in coordinating efforts to achieve digital equity. Chapterthon Project brings together 10 vulnerable Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the Pacific Small Island States that will utilize the Internet Impact Assessment toolkit as a guide to help them build their own online stores and co-design a Pacific Marketspace.

Moderator: Cherie Lagakali, PICISOC Board Chair

  • Georgina Naguilevu, Senior Manager Applications, HFC and PICISOC Board Vice-Chair
  • Aisyah Shakirah Suhaidi, Regional Community Engagement Manager, Asia Pacific - Internet Society
  • Setareki Macanawai, CEO, Pacific Disability Forum
  • Pritika Reddy, Computer Science and Information Systems Lecturer, Fiji National University
  • Anurag Maloo, Head of Partnerships, Seedstars
Fiji Time Singapore Time Day 1. Wednesday 8 September
10:00-12:00 06:00-08:00

Pacific IGF Opening Plenary

What are the Challenges and Opportunities of ICT and Telecommunication during a Pandemic or Crisis

The ICT and Telecommunication sector is rapidly growing and contributing to national GDP and economic growth. The Internet has become a lifeline and internet access is a human right. With digital connectivity, infrastructure, emerging technology and innovation, it's impacting on every aspect of life, education, health care and other key sectors. Examining the pandemic using a cross-sectoral lens and approach is key and mitigating the disruption is fundamental to ensure that the economy continues to survive. The power of ICT and telecommunication and digital infrastructure has been critical during the pandemic especially when schools closed down and students were encouraged to access online resources from home, parents were working from home and accessing zoom to have meetings and people were asked to download the covid tracing app. Despite ongoing efforts to ensure no one is left behind, there's still a lot to be done to close the digital gap in the Pacific. There are many barriers to internet access particularly for people who don't own an affordable device, have poor network coverage, have low digital literacy and skills and don't have a fast connection or cheap data plan. This session discusses the challenges and opportunities of the ICT and Telecommunication sector during a pandemic or a natural disaster.

Moderator: Anju Gill Mangal, Head of Asia and Pacific, A4AI-World Wide Web Foundation

  • Professor Jito Vanualailai, Deputy Vice Chancellor - Learning & Teaching, University of the South Pacific
  • Hon. Timothy Masiu, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Government of Papua New Guinea
  • Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Minister for Education, Government of Tonga
  • Hon. Simon Kofe, Minister for Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs, Government of Tuvalu
  • Hon. Toelupe Poumulinuku Onesemo, Minister for information and Communications Technology, Ministry of ICT, Government of Samoa
12:00-13:15 08:00-09:15 Group photo - PAC IGF Lunch Break - in-country hub facilitators to facilitate
13:30 09:30

APTLD80 Welcome / Networking Activity

14:00-14:20 10:00-10:20

APTLD80 Opening Session

This short session is intended to set the tone for the Meeting. Needless to say, some congratulatory words are most welcome, too.

Moderator: Leonid Todorov, GM, APTLD

  • Welcome Remarks: Ai-chin Lu, APTLD Board Chair
  • Keynote Address: Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Civil Service and Communications, Fiji Government
14:20-15:20 10:20-11:20

Session 7 (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Panel discussion - Internet Governance: Digital Sovereignty and ccTLDs: Is there Life after Life?

As an acclaimed researcher puts it, We can either have sovereignty or harmony, not both - we can either have sovereignty or universal acceptance, not both - we can either have sovereignty or humanity, not both. So, the panel is expected to render its judgment on today’s most challenging IG issue as seen by ccTLD - in the search of harmony, humanity, and universal acceptance, as we understand it : ), of course.

Moderator: Anil Kumar Jain, NIXI

  • Rashid Ismailov, Russia’s Nominee for SG ITU
  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Chair, United Nations IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group
  • Leonid Todorov, APTLD
  • Rajnesh Singh, Vice President for Asia and Pacific, ISOC
  • Dalsie Baniala, Telecommunications Regulatory Advisor, Palau Government
15:20-15:45 11:20-11:45 Group photo and Tea Break - PAC IGF -country hub facilitators to facilitate on the spot
15:45-16:45 11:45-12:45

Session 8 (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Partner Organizations’ Updates

A part of a vibrant regional ecosystem, APTLD and PICISOC have consistently developed working relations with numerous peers, and we expect them to share their major developments and plans.

Moderator: Ai-chin Lu, APTLD Board Chair

  • Siope Vakataki Ofa, Economics Affairs Officer, UNESCAP
  • Pablo Hinojosa, Strategic Engagement Director, APNIC
  • Chengetai Masango, Executive Director, UN-Internet Governance Forum Secretariat
  • Ashish Narayan, ITU
  • Jia-Rong Low, ICANN VP, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director - Asia Pacific
16:45-17:45 12:45-13:45 APTLD Lunch break
17:45-18:45 13:45-14:45

Session 9A (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP)

While a search returns a number of bizarre definitions for RDAP, Members are getting used to the new protocol – only there is always a room for improvement and best practice sharing.

Moderator: Yudho Giri Sucahyo, PANDI
  • M.Shidiq Purnama, PANDI
  • Gavin Brown, CentralNic
  • Daicos Jeremiah, Government of Nauru
  • Eduardo Alvarez, ICANN
  • Rick Wilhelm, Verisign

Session 9B (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Technical/Security: Thinking Big: Big Data to Mitigate DNS Abuse
The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession, Sherlock Holmes would say, and hey, lets’ not be slave to such a temptation! Check out what pros have in stock for you!

Moderator: Jeff Bedser, IThreat
  • Ann Ibrahim, Domain Name Commission Ltd, NZ
  • Nguyen Van Tri (Mr.), VNNIC
  • Ed Lewis, ICANN
  • Graeme Button, the DNS Abuse Institute
18:45-19:00 14:45-15:00 Technical Break
19:00-20:15 15:00-16:15

Session 10

Members’ Updates

In the session, we traditionally have Members and APTLD Fellows’ updates on recent developments in their organizations.

Moderator: Boyoung Kim, KISA

  • Bruce Tonkin, auDA
  • Alexsandr Samoylenko, Asiainfo (.KG Registry)
  • Santanu Acharya, NIXI
  • Erkin Babaev, Turkmendomain (non-Member)
  • Tenanoia Simona, .TV
  • Nguyen Van Binh (Mr.), VNNIC
20:15-20:25 16:15-16:25 Wrap-up of the day and housekeeping notices
Fiji Time Singapore Time Day 2. Thursday 9 September
10:00-12:00 06:00-08:00

Session 11: PAC IGF Session

The Importance of Effective International and Regional Partnerships to Support Pacific Regionalism and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent

Moderator: Maureen Hilyard, Dynamic Coalition for Small Island Developing States (IGF), PICISOC, Cook Islands

  • Zarak Khan, Director Programmes and Initiatives, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
  • Ms. Anriette Esterhuysen, Multistakeholder Advisory Group, UN Global Internet Governance Forum
  • Ms. Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Communications and Engagement, Internet Society
  • Goran Marby, President and CEO, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
  • Ms. Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Asia Pacific
12:00-13:00 08:00-09:00 PACIGF Lunch & Local Hubs Discussion
13:00 -14:00 09:00-10:00

Session 12 (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Administrative/Technical: Shared Resources and Infrastructures: Win- Win Solutions for the Region

Do you know that, “The more you share, the more you receive to share?”. At least, this is what a famous NGO activist reckons, and her words seem to hold true, so let’s discuss, together with the local community of Oceania, what we can do for a better, safer and more robust Internet for Asia Pacific and its subregions.

Moderator: Shi Young Chang, KISA

  • Edwin Sandy, Manager Infrastructure, University of the South Pacific
  • Sakaio Manoa, ICT Director, Forum Fisheries Agency, Solomon Islands
  • John Jack, Chief Information Office, Government of Vanuatu
  • Andirauga Nongkas, Principal Consumer Affairs, NICTA, Papua New Guinea
  • Brent Carey, Domain Name Commissioner, New Zealand
14:00-15:00 10:00-11:00

Session 13A

Marketing: How to Improve Domain New Registration and Renewal Rate

Good marketing makes the company look smart, they say. Great marketing makes the customer feel smart, they also say. Our job is to play smart and find out answers to the biggest How, right here and right now.

Moderator: Farzaneh Badiei, Founder, Digital Medusa
  • Shubham Saran, NIXI
  • Mai Thu Thuy (Ms.), VNNIC
  • James Brown, Godaddy Registry
  • Anand Vora, Public Interest Registry

Session 13B (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Administrative: Capacity Building Initiatives: Who, Where, How
APTLD has been involved in quite a number of capacity building projects for its Members and, at times, even a broader community. In the session, we are happy to join PAC IGF to share and discuss our findings and takeaways to better serve the regional community.

Moderator: Andrew Molivurae, Internet Governance Adviser, Telecommunication Radiocommunications Broadcasting Regulator/.VU
  • Boyoung Kim (Ms.), KISA
  • Nguyen Van Binh (Mr.), VNNIC
  • Steph Viljoen, auDA
  • Ankhzaya Tseden (Mr.), Datacom (.MN)
  • Phan Thi Nhung, SWITCH SEA, APNIC Foundation
15:00-15:30 11:00-11:30

APTLD coffee break

Session 15: Pacific IGF Closing Panel

(details below)

15:30-16:30 11:30-12:30

Session 14A

Marketing: Registrants, Domainers, Cybersquatters. Building a Civilized Secondary Market for Domains in Asia Pacific

We believe marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department, isn’t it? And so much for civilized marketing. The expert panel will enlighten the community on the matter, in detail and in a very civilized manner, of course.

Moderator: Erhan Karabardak, .PG
  • Anil Kumar Jain, NIXI
  • Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong (Ms.), VNNIC
  • Enota Ingintau, CEO, Communications Commission of Kiribati
  • Irina Danelia, .RU/РФ
  • Kelly Hardy, CentralNic

Session 14B

Technical: My DNS, My Rules: Local Solutions for the Global Vehicle
DNS is kinda the hamster under the hood that drives the Internet, but behind every great hamster is a yet greater human putting things together and making them work, so here is a unique chance to have a first-hand account from our best industry practitioners.

Moderator: Rajiv Kumar, NIXI
  • Rohan Durrant, GoDaddy Registry
  • Jonathan Brewer, Telco2
  • Amrita Chowdhury, Vice-Chair, APRALO & Vice-Chair, APrIGF
  • Nai-Wen HSU, TWNIC
  • Gihan Dias, LK Domain Registry

(concurrently with Session 14A & 14B)

(concurrently with Session 14A & 14B)

Session 15: Pacific IGF Closing Panel

Online Misinformation and Information Disorder in the Pacific - how to tackle it as a community

Moderator: John Karr, Regional Director, Asia Foundation

  • Anne Baleilevuka Dunn, OSC Commissioner, Government of Fiji
  • Georgina Kiele, Executive Manager, Cybersecurity and Digital Government, Papua New Guinea
  • Andrew Grotto, Director, Program on Geopolitics, Technology, and Governance, Stanford University
  • Stanley Simpson, Journalist and Communications Specialist, Business Media
  • Jean-Jacques Sahel, Asia-Pacific Information Policy Lead, Google and Board Director (IIC)

Anju Mangal, Head of Asia and Pacific, A4AI-World Wide Web Foundation to Moderate

Special Remarks on eSafety in the Pacific: Rebecca Razavi, Chief Operating Officer, eSafety, Australia

Special Remarks: Mia Garlick, Director of Public Policy, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, Facebook

16:30-16:40 12:30-13:15

APTLD80 Lunch break

PAC IGF Vote of Thanks /Closing Ceremony

17:15-18:15 13:15-14:15

Session 16A (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Security: Before the Levee Breaks: Business Continuity, Privacy and Security Risk Management: Lessons from the Pandemic

Yes, we know, it has been discussed at many fora but know what? It is a never-ending story worth retelling. You live in a grim universe, so security risk management is always there for you. Panelists will share their revelations that cannot be timelier.

Moderator: Swaran Ravindra, Senior Instructor/Industry Expert
  • Anlei Hu, CNNIC
  • Sioeli Tonga, Pacific Data Hub Manager, Pacific Community
  • Suetena Loia, Assistant CEO, Ministry of ICT, Government of Samoa
  • Peter Rigamoto, Head of Legal and Regulatory, Digicel Pacific hub

Session 16B (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Technical: Blockchain in DNS

The Internet is programmable information. The blockchain is programmable scarcity. If they are destined to meet somewhere, this is the right place and time, seriously. We have got thinkers and doers to blend them for you in perfect proportions and discuss how to get it done- enjoy it!

Moderator: Alireza Saleh, IRNIC
  • Ann Ibrahim, Domain Name Commission Ltd, NZ
  • Kurt Pritz, .ART
  • Prof. Suzuki Shigeya, Professor, Keio University
  • Edwin Liava’a, Kacific International, Pacific
18:15-18:45 14:15-14:45

APTLD80 Concluding Session

  • Chair's Closing Remarks
  • A Presentation by the APTLD81 Host
  • Housekeeping Updates

APTLD Board Meeting (closed)

Fiji Time Singapore Time Friday 10 September
12:00-13:00 08:00-09:00

Handshake across the Pacific

An open outreach session of APTLD Board with ccTLDs in the Pacific

Moderators: Fereti Atalifo and Leonid Todorov

In partnership with PIC ISOC

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