Noumea forums a success

Per Darnell

The internet meetings held in Noumea last week were a great success, says Per Darnell, president of The IUSN Foundation that funds Internet Niue.

An Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) meeting was followed by the first-ever Pacific Internet Governance Forum (Pacific IGF) which was co-sponsored by the foundation.

These events were attended by more than 70 representatives of the Pacific island internet community, as well as the World Bank, the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) and many other big names in the world of internet governance.

Key issues discussed included the latest innovations in country code domain names, progress in bringing the internet to the region and the array of alternative technologies which are, or will be used to improve internet connectivity for Pacific Islands. A presentation on the roll-out of WiFi across Niue by Internet Niue attracted a lot of interest.

Mr Darnell says he was pleased to hear .nu being referred to by speakers as one of the region’s leading top level domains.

“Given our leadership role, it was only natural for the foundation to have sponsored the forum.”

Foundation chairman Frank Lui says it was valuable to have key players in internet governance sharing experiences and discussing new technologies that will improve internet access across the Pacific.

In support of its charitable mission, and to stay on the cutting edge of internet technology, The IUSN Foundation maintains a leadership role in all of the major international internet governing bodies.

This includes the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Governance Forum (IGF), The Internet Society (ISOC), Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The foundation is the trustee of the .nu domain and funds the Internet Niue WiFi network. Since the early days of the internet, the foundation has been at the centre of the global movement to keep the worldwide web open and safe.

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