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Secretary’s report to the AGM 2012

PICISOC Annual Activity Report for 2012 AGM

 

AGM Agenda

  1.   Chair’s Report: Annual Activity Report
  2.   Treasurer Report and Account Audit
  3.   By Laws and Policy Proposal
  4.   Any Other Business

 

 

Membership and Communications

PICISOC continues to be the largest ISOC chapters in the Asia/Pacific, with over 700 members. Board member David Leeming manages the members list, and Board members moderate the email list which hosts a range of member dialogue and communication.

A new PICISOC website was developed and launched, led by Will Tibben. The Board wishes to thank the team of member volunteers and all those involved in the development and relaunch.

Email list moved to APNIC and thanks to APNIC and to SPC for long time hosting and to those involved with moving the lists and to APNIC for hosting now and for members for putting up with teething problems.

Renewed Facebook and Twitter, an area we can continue to grow.

 

Community Grants

PICISOC was proud to have two Pacific island region projects awarded grants in the first 2012 funding round of the ISOC Community Grants, including a Nuie Language project and the PISCES Project on remote Internet access,.

 

Special Interest Groups

Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS) continues to be a very active SIG and area of activity in the Pacific. PICISOC is proud to have the annual PacINET meeting in Suva this year, timed just before SIG’s Pacific Islands GIS/RS annual conference being held in November.

SIG event funding procedures were considered by the Board and a SIG event funding form was introduced, as the procedure for SIGs to apply for PICISOC funding for events.

Regional and International Activity

Internet Governance

PICISOC has offered its support for and full engagement with Internet Governance initiatives in the region, which are aligned with the international Internet Governance Forum (IGF) processes, viewing it of great importance as we build Internet infrastructure and access in our region.  PICISOC as a membership based, multistakeholder, regional organisation is well aligned to the Internet Governance approach.

Asia-Pacific regional IGF. Chair Maureen Hilyard attended and presented.

IGF 2012 in Baku: Anju Mangal and global IGF Members Advisory Group member. Chair Maureen Hilyard on a Small Island Developing states panel, remotely..

ICANN Engagement

In the last year three members of the PICISOC Board have attended ICANN meetings as fellows. Co-Vice-Chair Maureen Hilyard and Treasurer Siaosi Sovaleni attended the meeting held in Cartegena, Columbia in 2010 and Chair Andrew Molivurae attended the meeting in Singapore in 2011.

Chair Maureen Hilyard took the pen of APRALO.

Other Events

Global INET April a fellowship open to all members to encourage attendance from

Member Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui. Ellen Strickland Board Secretary also attended the event.

Co-Vice-Chair Maureen Hilyard attended the ISOC Leaders workshop at Colombo, Sri Lanka in June 2011, where chapters shared activities and worked on plans to raise awareness about ISOC principles and activities.

Pacific Broadband Forum in Nadi in July attended by Ellen Strickland and Louise Nasak in their other capacities, but able to talk to PICISOCcommunity present.

Board Elections

Elections were held for four positions. Outgoing Board Members who did not stand were Will Tibben, Siaosi Sovaleni and Andrew Berquist. Ellen Strickland was reelected for a further two year term. Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui, Etuate Cocker and Louise Nasak were elected to two year terms. Officer Elections will be held by the Board, as indicated in the Chapter By Laws, at the next Board Meeting.

Business Plan

The Board has begun work on a business plan to address finance, marketing and human resources plans for the Chapter. Business planning will be further developed with member input and aligned with the 2012 ISOC Business Plan.

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