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2017 Board Members

Dr. Etuate Cocker – Chair (Technical) Dr. ‘Etuate Cocker is originally from Tonga and was awarded the first PhD in Computer Science for the Kingdom of Tonga. While doing extensive research in the Pacific, he was awarded two grants (ISIF and Internet NZ grants) and have attended a number of International and regional conferences. The Read more…

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Register for the PacIGF, 17-18 May, Port Vila

Please click here to register for the PacIGF which will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 17-18 May, 2017  

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Going to the Pacific IGF in Vanuatu? Here’s what you need to know.

Location information Country: Republic of Vanuatu Capital City: Port Vila (on the island of Efate) Land Area: 12, 189 km2 , (4,706 sq miles) Population: 264,652 (2013, National Statistics) The Republic of Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. Vanuatu is only 2.5 hours flying time North East of Brisbane, 3.5 Read more…

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Vote for Pacific projects in WSIS Prizes 2017

There are three projects that have been submitted by the Pacific. ICT4BE – KIOKIT TRIAL PROJECT IN SELECTED SCHOOLS OF SOLOMON ISLANDS Submitted by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education and Human Resources Department in Category 4. Read more about this project and give it your vote VANUATU INTER-ISLAND TELEMEDICINE AND LEARNING (VITAL) NETWORK PROJECT  Read more…

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Pacific IGF (17-18 May) Update held at PITA conference

During the week of 3-7 April, 2017, the Pacific Islands Telecommunication Association held their 21st anniversary AGM on Rarotonga, Cook Islands. This milestone event which attracted more than 200 overseas attendees, was opened by the Prime Minister. The conference theme was “Unlocking Smarter Communities in the Pacific” and addressed critical issues and challenges in the Read more…

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Pacific enters the WSIS Prizes 2017

Dear PICISOC Members, The SPC-EU funded Pacific Agriculture Policy Banks, Vanuatu TeleHealth and Solomon Islands ICT4BE initiative are in the running for a prestigious international prize (WSIS), but your votes are needed to win! How Do I Vote? Step 1: Go to http://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/prizes/2017/  and click on ‘Vote’ Step 2: If you don’t already have a Read more…

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Dedication leads to Tonga’s first Computer Science PhD

Seventeen years ago, the Y2K bug was making headlines around the world as programmers worked frantically to update their systems to prevent a potential crash on 1 January 2000. It was during this Y2K rush that Etuate Cocker, a network/systems engineer at Spark New Zealand, who originally hails from the Kingdom of Tonga, remembers becoming interested Read more…

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PICISOC attends APrIGF Taipei 2016

Board member Ellen Strickland and former Board Chairs, Rajnesh Singh, Andrew Molivurae and Maureen Hilyard attended the APrIGF in Taipei, 27-29 July 2016. Maureen and Raj are on the MSG (Multistakeholder Steering Group).  Andrew attended as a Fellow. Following is a report based on photographs taken by the conference photographer. More on  https://2016.aprigf.asia/. The Opening Plenary :  Keynote Speakers Read more…

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APRALO joins PICISOC at APRICOT 2016

Just had to share this shot of the APRALO Leadership team (Siranush Vardanyan, Satish Babu, Kaili Kan, and Ali AlMeshal, and myself) along with PICISOC members, Ellen Strickland, Emani Lui, and Stan Osao at the APRICOT meeting in Auckland last month. Lianna Galystan from Armenia also stayed with us after the APTLD meeting.  Kaili (from Read more…

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Report to ISOC – WSIS+10 meeting

Pattaya Key Messages – Voices from the Asia Pacific – Comment on WSIS+10 Review Non-paper September 2015     PICISOC REPORT ON THE WSIS+10 MEETING PATTAYA, THAILAND 3-5 SEPT, 2015 It was a privilege to be invited to participate in this event as the sole representative from the Pacific Islands region within the 38 member Read more…

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Asia Pacific Submission to WSIS+10

General Assembly’s overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes   Official Form for Comments on the Non-paper A.    Your Information Title: Pattaya Key Messages – Voices from the Asia Pacific First name: Anja Lastname: Kovacs  Name of Organization:  Stakeholder Type[1]: On behalf of the supporters Civil society, academia and technical sector of the Pattaya Key Messages Country: Read more…

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PICISOC @ Intercommunity2015

One of the innovations for NetHui2015, was the involvement of the Internet Society Board and its engagement with ISOC Chapters around the world in a major internet event called Intercommunity2015. More than 100 countries were involved and thousands of chapter members who joined in conversations with each other and with their Board members, to celebrate the Read more…

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PacINET@NetHui 2015, Auckland, New Zealand

Thursday 8 July, 2015 This year PacINET has established a collaborative PacINET@NetHui with the kind support of  InternetNZ whose NetHui which is being held at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland, NZ.  This could set a trend for PacINETs as the Board attempts to find the best opportunities for training, knowledge building and networking Read more…

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PICISOC Annual Report 2015

The Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society was presented by Maureen Hilyard on 8 July 2015, to the members of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society at the Annual General Meeting held in Auckland, prior to NetHui 2015.   The Board was also Read more…

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PacINET2014, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

PacINET Rarotonga was held in the Cook Islands on 22-26 September and was opened by the Minister of Telecommunications. It focused on raising understanding within the local community about ISOC, ICANN and innovative development related to internet users in the Pacific. The conference was organised by the local Cook Islands Internet Action Group under the Read more…

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