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Local solutions needed for Pacific internet development, says APNIC


Pacific Island communities face huge benefits by developing “their own solutions” – and not relying on help from others to advance their communities’ digital infrastructure, says a central internet organisation.

“I believe the power is in their [Pacific Islanders’] ideas and the power is in the knowledge they have about the real situation, and I think it’s very difficult for people, even for those that are very oriented to help them and thinking they are doing the right thing to impose solutions,” Sylvia Cadena told Pacific Scoop.

She is the project officer of the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) Asia, which awards grants of up to A$30,000 for internet development in the Asia-Pacific region.

ISIF is a programme run by the Brisbane-based Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), which is the regional internet registry for the Asia-Pacific region. Among other things, APNIC provides technical training and allocates IP addresses in the region.

“I think that the solutions have to come from their own thinking and their own understanding of the situations.” More


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