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

  • Tenaoia Simona, ICT Programme Manager, Government of Tuvalu
  • Sam Taufao, ICT Adviser to the Prime Minister, Government of Solomon Islands
  • 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. 10 minute interventions from key experts in the region with 40minutes of open discussion.

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

  • Siosaia Veipuna, Director, CERT Tonga - Major regional trends
  • Selu 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 08:30-09:30

APTLD Trainees Welcome

PAC IGF Lunch Break -
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
  • Maleulu Jobenz Manoa, Principal ICT Officer, Government of Samoa
  • Ronnie Aiolupotea, ICT e-government expert and Consultant (user perspective)

Session 3

Training/Tutorial: Governance of the Internet

This session will be a 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

  • 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

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 is imperative in the context of pandemic and disaster response and recovery. It's essential to have meaningful connectivity and access to the internet including digital literacy skills and content. How can we accelerate digital connectivity initiatives in the Pacific? What has been done and who are they key players? Governments, private sector and public sector investments have been working with major donors and partners in the region to call for a rapid acceleration of efforts to extend a meaningful and affordable internet. This session will focus on Digital Connectivity and the opportunities and challenges of using satellites and submarine cables and what the telecommunication industries are doing to introduce new business models to provide more connectivity to the rural and remote communities, better prices, and better quality.

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
  • Nettie Collins, USP Manager, Information Technology Services, Vanuatu
  • Shivnesh Prasad, Digital Development Specialist, World Bank, Pacific
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
  • Jim Tora, Leader, ThatItConsultants, Fiji
12:00-13:00 08:00-09:00 PAC IGF Lunch Break - in-country hub facilitators to organise light refreshments
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
15:00-16:00 11:00-12:00

APTLD Training Session Day 2 (Cont.)

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

  • Dr. Giulo Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Paunga, Acting Vice- Chancellor and President, 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
12:00-13:15 08:00-09:15 PACIGF Lunch & Local Hubs Discussion
13:30 09:30

APTLD80 Welcome / Networking Activity

14:00-14:15 10:00-10:15

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
14:15-15:15 10:15-11:15

Session 7 (Joint APTLD & PAC IGF)

Partner Organizations’ Updates

A part of a vibrant regional ecosystem, APTLD has 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

  • Fereti Atalifo, Deputy Director, University of the South Pacific
  • Paul Wilson, Director-General, APNIC
  • Chengetai Masango, Executive Director, UN-Internet Governance Forum Secretariat
  • Ellen Strickland, Chief Advisor, Internet NZ and Board Member of DotAsia
  • Anju Mangal, Head of Asia-Pacific, A4AI World Wide Web Foundation
15:15-15:45 11:15-11:45 Tea Break, Group Photo
15:45-16:45 11:45-12:45

Session 8 (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
  • Tealofi Enosa, CEO, Tokelau Telecommunications Corporation
  • Rajnesh Singh, Vice President for Asia and Pacific, ISOC
  • Dalsie Banjala, Telecommunications Regulatory Advisor, Palau Government
16:45-17:45 12:45-13:45 APTLD Lunch break
13:00-15:00 09:00-11:00

Session 9A


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, Application ICT Manager, Government of Nauru

Session 9B

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, InternetNZ
  • Nguyen Van Tri (Mr.), VNNIC
  • Mark George, ICT Project Manager, Office of the Prime Minister, Cook Islands
18:45-19:00 14:45-15:00 Technical Break
19:00-20:00 15:30-16:00

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
20:00-20:10 16:00-16:10 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 the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent

Moderator: Maureen Hilyard

  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Chair MAG, Global IGF
  • Ms. Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Snr VP Strategy and Implementation, ISOC
  • Goran Marby, President and CEO, ICANN org
  • Ms. Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director, ITU-APAC
  • Elvin Prasad, Regional ICT Coordinator, Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP-ICT), USP
  • Fred Christopher, Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA)
  • Cherie Lagakali, Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC)
  • Savenaca Vocea, ICANN VP for Oceania Global Stakeholder Engagement in Oceania
  • Zarak Khan, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
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
  • Andirauga Nongkas, Principal Consumer Affairs, NICTA, Papua New Guinea
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

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: Ellen Strickland, Chief Adviser, Internet NZ
  • Boyoung Kim (Ms.), KISA
  • Nguyen Van Binh (Mr.), VNNIC
  • Steph Viljoen, auDA
  • Ankhzaya Tseden (Mr.), Datacom (.MN)
  • John Jack, Chief Information Office, Government of Vanuatu
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 Karabradak, .PG
  • Anil Kumar Jain, NIXI
  • Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong (Ms.), VNNIC
  • Domingo Kabunare, Senior ICT Policy Analyst and Cybersecurity Expert, Government of Kiribati

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
  • Pua Hunter, ICT Director, Government of Cook Islands
  • Suetena Loia, Assistant CEO, Ministry of ICT, Government of Samoa

(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)
  • Special Remarks on COVID: Dr. Rachel Devi, Head of COVID-19 Vaccination Program, Fiji

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

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
  • Edwin Liava’a, Regional Director, Kacific International, Pacific
  • Jemesa Lave, Commissioner of Police Taskforce, Fiji

Session 16B

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, InternetNZ
  • Kurt Pritz, .ART
  • Prof. Suzuki Shigeya, Keio University
18:15-18:45 14:15-14:45

APTLD80 Concluding Session

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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