Internet role in development discussed

Wednesday September 24, 2014 Written by Published in Technology
(L-R) Vice-chair Ano Tisam of the Cook Islands Internet Action Group, Chair Maureen Hilyard of The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) Board, member of the PICISOC Board Ellen Strickland, and Director Ali Almeshal of the Bahrain Internet Society. 14092306 (L-R) Vice-chair Ano Tisam of the Cook Islands Internet Action Group, Chair Maureen Hilyard of The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) Board, member of the PICISOC Board Ellen Strickland, and Director Ali Almeshal of the Bahrain Internet Society. 14092306

An annual conference is underway this week in Rarotonga which hopes to increase the role the internet plays in the development of the nation’s economy.

Hosted by the government of the Cook Islands, the ‘i-NET conference (PacINET2014)’ is coordinated by the Cook Islands Internet Action Group on behalf of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC).
Yesterday, local stakeholders and a number of overseas officials gathered at the Pukapuka Hostel for the second day of the conference, which featured a session on improving internet accessibility.
“The internet is for everyone,” said Chair Maureen Hilyard of The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) Board, who’s based in Rarotonga and works for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “What we’re doing today is developing an IT policy that’s for everyone.”
Throughout the week, a number of workshops will be held that hope to improve understanding how the internet works, its importance to our economy, and how costs in accessing the internet could be reduced.
Travelling from the Middle East and in attendance was Ali Almeshal, who represents Asia and the Pacific region on ICANN - a global internet multi-stakeholder organization.
Almeshal – who also works as the Director of the Bahrain Internet Society - made a presentation on his organisation and its role in advocating the interests of individual Internet users.
Speaking afterwards, he said there is room for greater participation amongst the public, companies, and greater civil society in the Pacific to advance the technology needs of the region.
Today, a number of keynote speakers from overseas will be making addresses.
 Later this week, workshops will be held on the role of the internet in health and education sectors, as well as looking at the development of the internet in the Pacific region. Regional updates, country showcases, and a panel discussion are also scheduled.
The conference concludes this Friday.

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