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APIGA Returns with Revised Format and Applications are Now Open

SINGAPORE - 12 July 2021

The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) will resume in 2021 with a new format that combines virtual participation with a hybrid event day. The application window is now open.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, APIGA 2021 will be specially adapted with the aim to deliver the same outcomes as the original five-day capacity-development program.

The APIGA 2021 program will mainly be conducted virtually between 1 October and 30 November 2021 (dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed with participants). Sessions will be held once or twice a week in the latter part of the day. This will better accommodate the schedules of students and young working adults. Participants will be expected to complete preparatory work between sessions. The final day of the program will be conducted in a hybrid manner, where Korean participants will be gathered for an in-person event in South Korea while regional participants can join virtually.

Launched in 2016, APIGA is targeted at youth leaders in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Past data shows that one in four APIGA alumni continue to participate in Internet governance (IG) fora locally, regionally, and globally. Through the program, participants build a solid foundation in IG fundamentals, with guided pathways to continue participating in the IG space including at ICANN, the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Society (ISOC), and various IG forums.

Learning is through immersive, hands-on sessions with dedicated mentoring by regional industry experts. Participants will also build a strong network with peers, APIGA alumni, leading APAC Internet organizations, and key APAC community leaders.

How to Apply

Individuals from APAC who are interested in IG issues and who are between the ages of 18 and 35 are welcome to apply. Applications are now open until 8 August 2021. Please note that a stable Internet connection is required for participation. The application procedure and more information on APIGA can be accessed here.

APIGA is co-hosted by ICANN and the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA).

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.