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Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (Seoul) 2017


Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA)


Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC)

About the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy

The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) is a 5-day capacity development workshop focused on topics related to Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Internet governance. It is targeted at, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate students from universities and tertiary educational institutions in South Korea and Asia Pacific. Anyone between the age of 18 and 35 from the Asia Pacific region, interested in Internet governance issues and related international activities, is welcome to participate. 


The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy serves to improve the participants’ understanding of Internet governance issues, and the multistakeholder processes that are largely responsible for driving these issues. Topics include History of Internet Governance; Fundamentals of Internet Infrastructure; and Multistakeholder Policy Making.


This academy, together with its cooperative mechanism involving ICANN and other regional partners, may also serve as a capacity building model for replication in other economies and other regional localities.

Expected Outcomes

Participants will build confidence in and appreciation for multistakeholder processes, such as that found in ICANN and IGF platforms. Participants will be exposed to a range of Internet governance topics and will be able to stay connected to the APAC Internet community through the academy’s partnerships with regional initiatives.


Upon graduation, participants will be part of the APIGA alumni network, where regional organizations will continue to share information and participation opportunities on regional and global Internet governance – related events including IGF and ICANN meetings.

Date and Venue

7 to 11August 2017 (Monday – Friday)

Ewha Womans University, Seoul


Leading speakers from the local, regional and global organizations involved in Internet governance, including ICANN and KISA, will be invited to lecture during the 5-day program.


Youths in action at Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy 2016.



This program is designed for motivated undergraduate and graduate students from universities and those engaged in IG relevant entities in the Asia Pacific Region. As the sessions and discussions are conducted in English, a good grasp of the English language is preferred. As the program will include group work and projects, participants are expected to be engaged full-time during the day, as well as outside of academy lecture hours.


Target number of participants: Approx 60 participants ( This is inclusive of approximately 20 Fellowship beneficiaries from the Asia Pacific. Exact number depends on the sponsorship amount available.)

Application Process

Selection of suitable candidates will be conducted by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the local host and other relevant organizations.


12 May 2017 (Fri) - 8 June 2017 (Thu)


Selected candidates will have to complete a series of online courses on Internet governance and ICANN, before they are able to attend the academy. See Pre-requisite Online Learning for more details.

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Key Program Elements

The academy program is a robust program that includes interactive components, such as online learning, mock meeting, and group projects. The academy program includes the following topics:

  • History of Internet Governance
  • Introduction to Internet’s Global Eco-system
  • Fundamentals of Internet Infrastructure and Internet Security
  • Introduction ICANN and Domain Name System
  • Introduction to the Multistakeholder Model and ICANN’s Policy Making Process

Pre-requisite Online Learning

To ensure effective learning and facilitate more robust discussions at the workshops, two customized online learning modules have been developed for the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy. These modules touch on Internet governance and ICANN topics respectively:


The two modules will span over 3-4 weeks. Upon the successful completion of the ISOC Course, participants will be presented with a certificate. Participants are required to complete the two online learning modules before the commencement of the academy.

Group work and Projects

Participants may also be asked to form groups to discuss a project and prepare for flash presentations during the course of the academy program. This allows the participants to share their views as well provide an opportunity for them to speak in front of their coursemates.

Mock ICANN Meeting

Participants will prepare for, and present, in a role-play segment on Day 4 during the mock ICANN Meeting. The mock ICANN Meeting is supported by our partner NetMission (NetMission.Asia is an Ambassadors Program supported by DotAsia Organisation, which aims to bring together a network of dedicated young volunteers to promote digital inclusion, Internet governance as well as a respectable and harmonious Internet environment). This session will allow participants to gain first-hand experience of how ICANN meetings are conducted and better understanding of the ICANN multistakeholder decision-making process.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy 2017 will provide opportunities for local and regional organizations to contribute to the nurturing of future Internet leaders in the Asia Pacific region.


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About the Hosts


Korea Internet & Security Agency, KISA


KISA, founded in 2009 through a merger of three separate organizations, is dedicated to developing Korea’s Internet industry and information security capabilities. As an Internet and security promotion agency armed with global competitiveness, KISA will maintain its commitment to creating a safe and happy Internet world. 

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN 


ICANN doesn't control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.