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  1. Comments from Hong Xue, Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law (IIPL), Beijing Normal University

    In response to the Notes of Discussion on Internet Cooperation in the Asia Pacific:

    Dear Colleagues,
    Thanks for the summary but it might not actually address all the issues and suggestions that have been raised. Also I assume it could not mention any name because all the community members are equally valuable and constructive. Trust is particularly fragile and deserves special care in such a diverse and complicated community.
    I hereby file a proposal for a capacity building project, i.e. "Asia Pacific Internet Leadership Project" (APILP).
    1. Background
    “Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.” -Paragraph 34, WSIS Tunis Agenda

    Asia Pacific has more than a half of world population. The Internet penetration in the Regional is growing rapidly. By the end of 2010, almost a half of world Internet users will be in Asia Pacific. Governance issues, such as Critical Internet Resources, Security and Stability, privacy, e-commerce, cyber-crime, network neutrality, dispute resolution, Internet of things, etc., are critically defining the development of this region. However, Asia-Pacific’s multi-stakeholder participation in the global Internet governance is considerably underdeveloped. Technical community and civil society in Asia-Pacific Region is particularly underrepresented and inarticulate in most global arenas on Internet governance. ASIA-PACIFIC INTERNET LEADERSHIP PROJECT (APILP) wishes to enhance regional capacity on policy-making and process-building for global governance of the Internet.

    Given the tremendous diversity in languages, cultures, eco-social status in this Region, a systematic, informative and insightful training program will meet the pressing need of the Regional. Asia-Pacific Internet Leadership Program (APILP) will provide a unique opportunity for the Asia-Pacific participants from various stakeholder groups whohave actively involved in Internet governance activities. We invite technical and management community (such ccTLD managers, gTLD registries, registrars), governmental officials, civil society leaders and Internet entrepreneurs to become the fellows. APILP  will provides Internet policy training or brainstorming for current or future leaders of Asia-Pacific Region.

    2. APILP 2011

    The founding APILP organized by the Institute for Internet Policy & Law of Beijing Normal University was held in Beijing on July 6-8, 2011. Program Director and Chair of Faculty Board is Dr. Prof. Hong Xue, Director of Institute for Internet Policy & Law, Beijing Normal University.

    Asia Pacific Internet Leadership Program (APILP) is the very first multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder capacity building project on Internet Governance in Asia Pacific. The Founding Event was successfully held in Beijing. A group of distinguished experts from academia, governance organizations, technical community and judiciary in Asia Pacific constituted the faculty board. 20 fellows  from a variety of stakeholder groups joined the event. As the Faculty Chair, Prof. Xue, stated at the Opening Ceremony, APILP features 3 keywords as Internet, Governance and Asia Pacific and is becoming a research/learning center on Internet governance issues for this Region. The core members of the Faculty Board and the leading scholars from Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan Economy unanimously agree to continue the project. Next year the event will be hosted by India NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad.

    More information is at <http://wiki.iipl.org.cn/?p=1>.

    3. Proposal for APILP 2014

    Below is a draft 3-day APILP program for 2014, which I developed along with the other Asian academics at Bali IGF. Although it is premature to set the faculties and/or speakers for the sessions, the Asia Hub's support would be essential. I assume the event could be scheduled side by side with the other regional events, such as regional IGF or ICANN Singapore meeting, if planned well ahead.

    Looking forward to your reply.
    Professor Dr. Hong Xue
    Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law (IIPL)
    Beijing Normal University
    19 Xin Jie Kou Wai Street
    Beijing 100875 China