APrIGF 2022 S06 Empowering New Voices in Internet Governance Spaces

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) 2022 was held from 12-14 September in a hybrid format, virtually, and physically hosted in Singapore. APrIGF was colocated with Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC54) and Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance (APSIG) for the first time, with APNIC as the co-host of the hybrid event. The overarching theme for APrIGF 2022 was “People at the Center: Envisioning a Communityled Internet that is Inclusive, Sustainable and Trusted”. The main theme incorporated three highlevel thematic tracks, namely "Inclusion", "Sustainability", and "Trust".
  • When Sep 12, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur / UTC800)
  • Attendees Pavitra Ramanujam, Asia Digital Rights Lead, APC Association for Progressive Communications Bobby Soriano, Southeast Asia Movement Building Coordinator, APC Kelly Koh, Programme Officer, Sinar Project Gayatri Khandhadai, Head - Tech & Human Rights, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Satish Babu, Chair, APSIG Waqas Hassan, Assistant Director, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
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The field of internet governance can often be challenging for new entrants - it is a complex, diverse, multi-stakeholder, multi-issue system with various policies, processes and agendas, both competing and complementary. Young digital rights advocates and others who are interested in engaging in this system sometimes have difficulty in finding an entry point for discussions and for advocating for their issues of interest. A crucial part of this process is understanding the different stakeholders in the internet governance space and knowing the right approaches and strategies to engage with them effectively.

This session will provide an opportunity for an open, informal discussion that will inform the audience of perspectives on how to engage with different stakeholders, such as the private sector, technical community and the government. Inputs and questions from audience members on their experiences and the kinds of approaches they and other new entrants can adopt will be encouraged, so that the needs of new entrants to efficiently engage with internet governance processes is captured.

Through audience interaction, speakers will shed light on some of the challenges that new entrants might encounter when approaching each stakeholder, and ways to navigate these challenges. The speakers will also address what can be done by the internet governance community and various stakeholders to enable better participation by newer voices. The session will include perspectives from a new entrant into internet governance and digital rights on the challenges they are facing and the kinds of support they need to participate in internet governance processes successfully.