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One week in Ho Chi Minh City – another busy APRICOT for the ISOC Team

If we had to choose music to accompany all our activities at APRICOT 2017 it would surely be Chopin’s Minute Waltz (Op 64, No 1)! No, we did not manage to fit 138 bars of music into 60 seconds but the tempo was very lively with frequent crescendos and diminuendos and a lengthy trill. Call it efficiency, but we all managed to share and exchange a lot of information working within the new shortened APRICOT 2017/APNIC 43 programme.   

Employing good strategic planning, the ISOC Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau’s activities preceded our arrival into Saigon (the former name for Ho Chi Minh City). We had sponsored nine ISOC Technical Fellows to attend the workshop week in-line with our mission to support capacity building in developing countries. The workshop week allowed network engineers not only to keep up-to-date with current and emerging trends in network operations (including network management and security), but gave them the opportunity to exchange knowledge with their peers from the region, and to take and make use of the learnings back home.

This year the Internet Society sponsored a total of 12 fellows to APRICOT 2017. The fellows were split between the technical workshops and the conference week, depending on their areas of interest.

We are also happy to note that 70% of these fellows were females – coming from Vanuatu, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh and, Bhutan. Encouraging and facilitating the participation of female fellows at such technical events is one way in which we are trying to help bridge the gender gap in the technology sector.

The Internet Society had a sizeable presence overall at APRICOT 2017, with staff from various teams including the Regional Bureau, Internet Technology and Partnership Development. This included Aftab Siddiqui, Amelia Yeo, Andrei Robachevsky, Howie Baggott, Jan Zorz, Kevin Meynell, Rajnesh Singh and Raul Echeberria.

The Team took on a wide variety of roles at APRICOT 2017/APNIC 43 and other co-located events. These included:

1. Chairing (Raj) and Speaking (Amelia) in the AP *meeting

2. Speaking in the APNIC Cooperation SIG on Connecting the Next Billion (Raul)

3. Facilitating the BOF on Best Current Operational Practices (Jan and Aftab)

4. Moderating the APNIC Panel on Forces Shaping the Network (Raul)

5. Speaking in the DNS/DNSSEC session on DNSSEC/DANE/TLS Testing in Go6Lab (Jan)

6. Moderating (Raj) and speaking (Raul) at the BOF on Community Wireless Networks

7. Speaking in the APNIC Panel on Navigating the IPv4 Transfer Market (Aftab)

8. Speaking in the APNIC Global Reports on ISOC Updates (Raj 

9. Speaking in the Network Security session on two years of good MANRS (Andrei)

10. Organising/Speaking the ISOC@APRICOT session (Amelia, Raul, Aftab, Raj and Gihan Dias from the ISOC Board of Trustees)

11. Speaking at APTLD71 on ISOC updates (Raul)

12.Speaking in the IPv6 session on Deployment on NAT64/DNS64 experiments, warnings and one useful tool (Jan)

13. Serving as the Election Chair of the 2017 APNIC Executive Council Election (Jan)

Of note are some of Jan’s technical presentations which are hyperlinked here and include DNS/DNSSEC,  NAT64 and IPv6.  Jan was so inspired that he had specially tailored his presentations for Vietnam (including being dressed for the occasion in Asian attire!).      

In addition, we took the opportunity to engage with stakeholders present at APRICOT 2017 and had a number of bilaterals and side meetings. This included government representatives, network operators, vendors, academia, and Internet Hall of Fame inductees (Geoff Huston, Gihan Dias, Kanchana Kanchanasut, Randy Bush, Steve Huter).

In a nod to fostering the next generation of Internet leaders, we had Md. Abdul Awal from our Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter chair the ISOC@APRICOT meeting. He did a good job, and we look forward to seeing more of our younger members taking the lead in future meetings.

All in all, the ISOC Team had great visibility and impact during APRICOT 2017 and there are a number of outcomes and collaboration opportunities that we will be following up on in the coming weeks and months

APRICOT 2018 will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 19th to March 1st.

Community Projects Growing the Internet

How You Can Help Connect The Planet

Be it high into the Himalayas, deep into the country side of India or the hills of Mexico, incredible people are helping to bring connectivity to some of the world’s forgotten places.

We want to you to a part of it.

Yesterday we held an online forum where some of these incredible people shared how they are connecting the world by connecting communities.

They talked about how they helped build community networks and how hard it can be to get equipment.

We heard about different network models, ways to fix common problems, links to resources for new projects and to help train others.

Here is who spoke:

Rajnesh Singh, ISOC Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau Director: Raj gave us a high-level overview of ISOC’s Wireless for Communities Project (W4C) in APAC that has been running since 2010, and the impact he is seeing in the communities we work in with our partners.

Osama Manzar, Director/Founder, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF):  ISOC has forged a partnership with DEF to support their W4C efforts. In collaboration with DEF, we have connected over 13 Indian villages in rural India. Osama described how he built communities, and the impact connectivity has made in high-mountain villages.  From the development of micro-enterprises and health centres to schools brought online, and trainers “trained” to build and roll-out community networks.

Mahabir Pun, Nepal Wireless Networking Project, ISOC Hall of Fame and Jon Postel awardee: Mr. Pun’s work provides connectivity to villages in Nepal through community wireless projects and the opportunities for tele-health and online learning that these projects help make possible. Mahabir has helped ISOC’s APAC team by training local people to become trainers for W4C efforts in the region. In late 2015 his team helped expand the W4C project to Nepal by connecting eight villages in earthquake-affected areas.

Roger Baig Vinas, project, and ISOC Catalan Chapter member: is an award-winning Commons-based wireless for a community projects in Catalonia, Spain. Roger described how the Guifi network works and the importance of collective contribution from all partners across urban and rural communities to sustain the entire network.

Mike Jensen, Association for Progressive Communications (APC):  Mike is an active supporter of community-based networks and innovative radio spectrum use. He worked to raise awareness of the potential for TV White Space technology in reaching the unconnected.  Mike shared views on the importance of innovative uses of spectrum and the issue of equipment costs related to project implementation.

Peter Bloom, Rhizomatica:  Peter Bloom founded Rhizomatica in 2009 to address a need to transfer photos and videos between human rights defenders in Nigeria without passing through the networks of large telecommunication companies. Peter provided a snapshot of the GSM-based community-operated network in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the local people built and now run the network.

Jane Butler/Sebastian Beuttrich – part of the Wireless Networking in the Developing World (WNDW) volunteer team:  Jane described how the WNDW book was created and what you can find on its website. She also talked about a really great online University – WirelessU. Sebastian described key training issues and factors involved in building out community infrastructures and the importance of the case-studies in WNDW and online!

Watch the video and learn more!


Stay tuned in to this blog space as we plan to provide more snapshots about Community Networking projects!

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