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CERT Tonga first from Pacific Island Countries to become an Operational Member of APCERT

View Original Press Release as published on Tonga Gov Portal 22nd June, 2020 Tonga’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Tonga) under the Ministry of MEIDECC is the first from the Pacific Islands region to become an Operational Member of the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) on April 2, 2020. CEO for the Ministry of Read more…

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Overcoming Challenges to Broadband Internet Access in the Pacific

Report by Elkana Capelle Acting Director for ICT at Ministry of Telecommunication Nauru TOPIC: Overcoming Challenges to Broadband Internet Access in the Pacific & New Opportunities with enabling regulatory and policy frameworks DESCRIPTION:This panel will discuss the digital divides in the region and how new technologies and regulation may enable better access to healthcare, education, Read more…

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Pacific IGF call for volunteers

This is an open call to join the organising committee for Pacific Internet Governance Forum to brainstorm on a design-thinking approach for the 2021 event. Please send an email to [email protected] topic: Pacific IGF 2021 and APTLD if you are keen. Find out more about the Pacific IGF – https://www.picisoc.org/category/pacific-igf/

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ANEZ Coding for Kids – Show & Tell

Report by Winifred Kula Design ThinkingTodays event was a huge success with the completion of Introduction to Scratch. 3 teams were formed and each team presented a scratch “story board” and “game” to their parents. It was a really proud moment to see the kids creativity and imagination come to life within their scratch projects. Read more…

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NICTA says internet pricing reduction is expected

As originally published on Post Courier Online (PNG) The National Information and Communication Technology Authority will be reviewing the retail internet pricing to include all cable systems.NICTA chief executive ocer Charles Punaha said this is to clear the misconception in the market about the dierent prices presently previously by NICTA and DataCo. Mr Punaha said Read more…

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Edwin Liava’a – Pacific ICT and GIS specialist dismisses 5G conspiracy theories

Click to listen to the interview as heard on Pacific Media Network https://omny.fm/shows/pacificmedianetwork/edwin-liavaa-pacific-ict-and-gis-specialist-dismis Mobile phone towers are being attacked in New Zealand and around the world and authorities believe it is linked to a hoax about how the 5G network is spreading COVID-9. Edwin Liava’a has more than twenty years of experience in Information and Read more…

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The Samoa Information Technology Association (SITA) has reached out to Savaii Schools.

[PRESS RELEASE] Amoa College is the first School in Savaii that has been registered to use SITAs ELearning platform on the 14th May 2020. The Association was doing virtual meetings and trainings with some of the schools prior to visiting Savaii to provide further workshops for Teachers and year 13 students. Amoa College session was Read more…

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WITSI celebrates International Girls in ICT Day virtually

Despite the COVID19 pandemic leaving the country declaring a state of emergency which disrupted our planned program for the day with Primary and Secondary school students, Women in IT Solomon Islands (WITSI) organised and commemorated Girls in ICT Day on the 23rd of April 2020, by participating in a virtual meeting on the topic “Women in Read more…

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SITA Assisting Students with Online Learning during the COVID 19

Since the Government declared the State of Emergency due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Samoa Information Technology Association (SITA) has been exploring possible windows of opportunity to assist our Government and our people. To this end, SITA identified the Education sector as one of the key areas that is being heavily affected by the lockdown. Read more…

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TWiICT joins ITU in celebrating ‘Girls in ICT Day 2020: Inspiring the Next Generation’

As originally posted on the portal of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga 23rd April, 2020  Tongan Women in Information and Communications Technology (TWiICT) formerly known as CoConeck joined an online dialogue on Girls in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) of the United Nations to commemorate ‘Girls Read more…

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SITA Seminar and workshop “strengthening digital security in Samoa”

The Samoa Information Technology Association (SITA) is hosting its first National Seminar and Workshop on the 27and 28 of February 2020 to be held at the Samoa Convention Center, TATTE Building, Sogi. The goal of the Seminar and Workshop is to strengthen and build awareness of Digital Security in Samoa. To promote how to secure Read more…

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The GFCE meets the Pacific – excerpt from the Global Cyber Expertise Magazine vol. 7

(Special Edition) Written by: Cherie Lagakali, Board Secretary, PICISOC (Pacific Island Chapter of the Internet Society); and Klee Aiken, GFCE Advisory Board member. In February 2020, the GFCE held its inaugural regional Pacific event in Melbourne, in the margins of the OCSC-GCSCC 2020 Global Cybersecurity Capacity Building Conference. During the event, donors, project implementers and Read more…

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Working towards affordable and meaningful internet access in the Asia- Pacific region

Originally posted on A4AI – Alliance for affordable internet This post was written by A4AI Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator Anju Mangal. Joining the Web Foundation team as a Pacific islander has been an interesting socialisation experience and a great learning process. As a woman passionate about the ICT sector and the Internet Governance process, it’s been an important Read more…

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Pacific Islands COVID-19 Misinformation Project – Call for Expressions of Interest

The Asia Foundation is exploring the launch of a Pacific Islands COVID-19 Misinformation Project – a regional program examining how the spread of online misinformation and rumors related to COVID-19 has affected pandemic response in Pacific Islands nations. The goal of the project is to identify broad misinformation trends on COVID-19 topics and evaluate how Read more…

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Pacific ICANN-LEARN Project – APRIL 2020

PICISOC – ICANN collaboration In January 2020, the Chairs of ICANN’s Advisory Committees (ALAC, SSAC and RSSAC) and Supporting Organisations (GNSO, CCNSO and ASO) met with the ICANN Board Chair – Maarten Botterman – and ICANN’s President and CEO, Goran Marby.   The meeting was for the Constituency Leaders to convey to the Board and ICANN Read more…

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