NetMission.Asia is an Ambassadors Program supported by DotAsia Organisation, which aims to bring together a network of dedicated young volunteers devoted towards promoting and contributing towards digital inclusion, Internet governance as well as a respectable and harmonious Internet environment. The program recruits a group of students from top local tertiary institutes and universities in Hong Kong every year. We train and sustain a network of volunteers to contribute to digital inclusion works. We are endeavoring to empower young minds, through training, exchange opportunities, International conferences and community projects, to constructively contribute to the local, regional and global Internet governance discourse.
NetMission has always been dedicated to support youth participation on Internet governance and the ambassadors themselves are actively participating in various international Internet conferences such as ICANN meetings, United Nations Internet Governance Forum (UNIGF), Asia Pacific Next Generation Camp (APNG Camp), etc. As NetMission is endeavored to empower and engage youth on Internet governance discussion, the ambassadors have been organizing the Youth Internet Governance Forum in different Asia Pacific countries since 2010 in Hong Kong. It has been successfully held in Singapore, Tokyo, South Korea and the upcoming one in 2014 will be in Hyderabad India. The ambassadors have also self-initiated a NetY Program (www.nety.asia) partnering with Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong to further outreach to secondary school students.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an international organization responsible for coordinating the unique identifiers – top level domains (TLD), such as ‘.com’, ‘.org’ and ‘.net’, etc, between computers across the world and building the global Internet.
ICANN holds their meeting 3 times every year rotating in different continents. Almost 2000 people from around the world is attending which they include industry experts, civil society, government representatives, reporters and journalists, etc.
For more information about ICANN and ICANN meetings, you may visit the following websites: http://www.icann.org/ and http://meetings.icann.org/.
DotAsia Organisation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. DotAsia oversees the ‘.Asia’ top-level Internet domain name, and is formed as an open consortium of 20 official top-level-domain authorities around the region, including .CN (China), .JP (Japan), .KR (Korea), .IN (India), .NZ (New Zealand), .PH (Philippines), etc., and 5 regional Internet organizations including APNIC, APNG, APCERT, PAN and APTLD. In the past two decades Asia has developed into a global force in the commercial, political and cultural network. The .Asia domain aspires to embrace this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region. DotAsia has a strong mandate for socio-technological advancement initiatives including:
- digital inclusion projects to bridge the digital divide and the poverty gap;
- educational initiatives, e.g. scholarships and promotion of Internet adoption for the advancement of knowledge, etc.;
- research and development projects, including relief and rebuild efforts in the wake of natural and otherwise disasters.