Meet Three APrIGF 2019 Fellows

The Web Society, APNIC, and Coordination Heart for TLD .RU sponsored 20 fellows to the 10th Asia Pacific Regional Web Governance Discussion board (APrIGF 2019) held in Vladivostok, Russia in July. Let’s meet three fellows from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Singapore as they share their expertise at APrIGF 2019, in addition to their pursuits and future aspirations.

Shah Zahidur Rahman, Expertise Enterprise Advisor, Bangladesh


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I accomplished my Bachelor’s diploma in Pc Science and Engineering from the American Worldwide College-Bangladesh and have many technical course certifications. Presently, I’m a expertise enterprise advisor for small- and medium-sized enterprises and startup firms. I’ve additionally been mentoring youths within the Youth4IG coalition to turn into additional engaged in Web Governance points. I’ve been an energetic member of the Web Society Bangladesh Chapter since 2014. I’m additionally a member of the Bangladesh Faculty of Web Governance Programme Committee and Fellowship Committee, the Bangladesh Web Governance Discussion board, and the ICANN Non-Industrial Stakeholder Group and Non-Industrial Customers Constituency. Moreover, I’m a former fellow of IETF, APSIG and APAN.

This yr at APrIGF 2019, my predominant curiosity was in one of many six subthemes on Rising Applied sciences and Society, and listed below are a few of the key issues I discovered from taking part within the periods. To start with, with out good governance, expertise innovation can hurt people and societies. Secondly, a multistakeholder method is vital for good governance. Thirdly, customers are one of many stakeholder teams: they’ve a say within the governance of the Web and may make calls for, corresponding to for larger transparency and accountability, or for Web of Issues safety. Safety is not only a technical subject that the technical neighborhood can tackle alone. There are lots of non-technical points that may solely be resolved with the cooperation of a number of stakeholders. Furthermore, rising applied sciences corresponding to machine studying and Synthetic Intelligence are growing at a speedy tempo. We have to take into account the ethics of those applied sciences and be certain that algorithms are free from biases for the worldwide good. I’m happy to be a member of the drafting committee for the APrIGF 2019 Synthesis Doc, which is anticipated to be printed in October.


Sein Ma Ma, Community Engineer, Myanmar

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I maintain a Bachelor of Engineering in ICT and am at the moment working with an Web service supplier in Yangon. My pursuits lie within the areas of Web Governance, digital inclusion, and neighborhood growth, and I’m desirous to broaden my involvement within the Web Governance ecosystem. I’m concerned in restarting the Web Society Chapter in Myanmar, and I’ve been partaking with representatives from the Web Society, APNIC, ICANN and Web stakeholders in Myanmar. I’m an alumni of the APNIC44, APAN45, APIGA2018, APSIG2019, and APAN48 fellowship program, and in 2018, I used to be part of a committee to guage the fellowship purposes for APNIC48. I’m additionally a member of Youth4IG: Asia Pacific’s first and solely youth coalition that engages in Web governance.

The Asia-Pacific area is the biggest on the planet and it’s certainly very numerous. But, the Web binds us collectively in that range. The APrIGF that united nearly 300 stakeholders from round 40 nations, with over 100 audio system collaborating within the three-day occasion, has enriched my data about multistakeholderism in Web Governance. Even the fellows had been from totally different stakeholder teams – academia, civil society, authorities, the non-public sector, and the technical neighborhood – and never simply from totally different nations. To cite Rajnesh Singh from the Web Society, “let’s all work collectively to proceed conserving the Web protected and safe, in an area that can be utilized for the good thing about humankind.”

Sebastian Hoe Wee Kiat, Scholar, Singapore

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I studied on the Singapore College of Social Sciences. In Paris final yr, I served as a [email protected] fellow. I additionally served as a Harvard Mission for Asian and Worldwide Relations Scholar within the Harvard Asia Convention in Kazakhstan, and I used to be lately chosen because the Queen’s Commonwealth Belief Scholar for the upcoming London Summit. My pursuits embody championing psychological well being and individuals with disabilities, social justice, regulation, Web governance, and the United Nations Sustainable Improvement Objectives, and I aspire to serve my nation and neighborhood within the social-legal sector. I additionally hope to enhance my Bahasa Melayu (Malay language).

As a social work practitioner, I used to be thrilled to attend the APrIGF workshop on Youngster-Led Analysis on Selling Safer Web. Working along with instructors from the Guangzhou Development Sky Social Service Centre, 22 sensible younger researchers shared their findings on selling safer Web from youngsters’s views in eight Chinese language cities. I congratulated the younger delegates on their profitable analysis presentation and gave them encouragement and suggestions on enhancing their analysis. The following steps could be reaching out to extra youngsters within the Asia-Pacific area, and together with youngsters and younger individuals’ voice in our Web governance work. Younger folks should be empowered, heard, and included, in order that they’ll thrive and achieve being constructive brokers of change in our communities.

I participated in quite a lot of different periods to debate legislations associated to Web Governance, such because the Safety from On-line Falsehoods and Manipulation Invoice in Singapore, and the necessity for youth empowerment and participation in Web Governance. In Singapore, now we have the SG Youth Motion Plan to check the way forward for Singapore in 2025. Youths like myself can contribute to the motion plan, and Web Governance is one space to be included within the youth motion plan. Youth have an vital function to play in enhancing our Web Governance panorama, and I’m delighted to function a member of the drafting committee for the APrIGF 2019 Synthesis Doc. I hope my expertise will encourage younger Singaporeans and youth within the area to contribute to our united quest for a extra open, safer, and inclusive Web.

Thanks to the entire APrIGF 2019 Fellows for taking time to share your ideas! Due to area constraints, we weren’t in a position to publish your whole submissions, however we stay up for seeing how your work continues to assist form the Web’s future.

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