On May 14, 2012, the Internet Society (ISOC) officially launched its Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore. This is meant to strengthen the organization’s mission in providing advice and guidance to local business regarding technology and policy concerns, and to help grow individual memberships and support the organizations initiatives. The launch of the APAC office supports the ISOC’s focus in building trust and support for projects.
ISOC’s expanded presence in the region will help develop programs, says Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St. Amour.
Our new office in Singapore reinforces our strong commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, the world’s largest and most dynamic Internet market. We have an active membership in Asia-Pacific of more than 16,000 members, and some of this region’s greatest innovators and leaders are our members. Our expanded presence here will enable us to strengthen our engagement with regional partners and build stronger program in furtherance of our mission.
The choice for the Lion City being chosen as the ISOC’s base of operations in the region affirms the city-state’s status as a “trusted, neutral, and connected base through which international non profit organizations can further their social, economic, and development causes in a wide variety of fields,” says Kelvin Wong, Executive Director of the International Organizations Program Office (IOPO), a Singapore government initiative responsible for managing global organizations.
Asian Bureau Regional Director Rajnesh Singh will lead the global “internet for everyone” organization covering four sub-regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania, with around 16,000 active members.
This will include oversight over projects, initiatives and activities across functional and programmatic areas in the region, including building local strength, infrastructure, policy, capacity building, and enforcing Internet Standards and Technology. ISOC has also established regional bureaus in Africa, Europe, South America, North America, the Middle East, and Caribbean.
One of the ISOC’s main thrusts is promoting adoption of IPv6. It can be noted that IPv6 implementation in the Asia Pacific is essental, as it was the first region that was estimated to run out of IPv4 addresses this year.
The Singapore regional office will focus on enhancing Internet access and networks across Asia-Pacific, driving Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6) adoption to support the transition from IPv4, encouraging participation in the Internet standards development process, and working with regional forums such as APEC TEL and the OECD on Internet-related policy matters, such a privacy, broadband access for rural communities, and the security and stability of Internet infrastructure.
The non-profit organization will host World IPv6 event this June, inviting ISPs, equipment manufacturers, vendors and dotcommers to promote greater awareness of the new version of the IP address system.
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