What is NetMission.Asia

NetMission.Asia is a network of passionate young Asians dedicated to engage and empower youth on Internet governance discourse with the aim to enhance youth mobility and create impact in Asia. 

Supported by DotAsia Organisation, NetMission.Asia was established in 2009 where students from top tertiary institutes or universities are recruited every year and will be provided with a series of training workshops. We are endeavoring to empower young minds and to constructively contribute to the local, regional and global Internet governance discourse through organizing the Hong Kong Youth Internet Governance Forum (HKyIGF), international conferences and community projects. NetMission was awarded the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2009 at Best Digital Inclusion Award (Service).

NetMission.Asia has been actively participating in various Internet conferences both regionally and globally, including ICANN meetings, IGF, APrIGF, Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy (APIGA) and the Asia Pacific Next Generation Camp (APNG Camp), etc.

NetMission.Asia is currently one of the At-Large Structure (ALS) of APRALO within At-Large in the ICANN community representing the youth voices on the Internet domain name policies. NetMission.Asia is also an active member of the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance (YCIG) in IGF.

The NetMission Ambassadors organize the annual Youth Internet Governance Forum (yIGF) around Asia Pacific since 2010 to support and encourage youth participation on Internet governance, the ambassadors have been organising the yIGF in the Asia-Pacific regions, including Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Delhi, Macao, Taipei, Bangkok and Port Vila since 2010.

The format of role-playing the multi-stakeholder discussion on Internet governance in the youth forums are one of the key highlights pioneered by NetMission.Asia that later led to the Model ICANN meetings which are widely deployed.

Our NET Model

In NetMission.Asia, we create impact through our NET model where accepted fellows will firstly be admitted to the NetMission Academy. Through the NetMission.Asia Academy, we develop a network of NetMission alumni and ambassadors, who endeavor to share their knowledge gained to their local community and organize their own youth-led initiatives to inspire more youth to care about the Internet. NetMission.Asia provides a platform for young people in Asia with shared interests on Internet issues to connect, advocate and channel the ideas to the global policy dialogue.

About NetMission Academy

NetMission.Asia Academy covers a wide range of Internet governance topics that provide you the basic understanding and the current issues at stake with an emphasis on the multi-stakeholder approach. Upon completion, fellows of the Academy will be awarded an e-certificate and be listed on our website with the class year.

The Organiser

DotAsia Organisation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. DotAsia oversees the ‘.Asia’ top-level Internet domain name, and is formed as an open consortium of 20 official top-level-domain authorities around the region, including .CN (China), .JP (Japan), .KR (Korea), .IN (India), .NZ (New Zealand), .PH (Philippines), etc., and 5 regional Internet organizations including APNIC, APNG, APCERT, PAN and APTLD. In the past two decades Asia has developed into a global force in the commercial, political and cultural network. The .Asia domain aspires to embrace this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region.

Since the launch of the “.Asia” registry in March 2008, DotAsia has been proactively contributing to the Internet and cultural community in Asia. DotAsia has a strong mandate for socio-technological advancement initiatives including:

  • Digital inclusion projects to bridge the digital divide and the poverty gap;
  • Educational initiatives, e.g. scholarships and promotion of Internet adoption for the advancement of knowledge, etc.; and,
  • Research and development projects, including relief and rebuild efforts in the wake of natural and otherwise disasters.

Today, DotAsia is already supporting many community projects in the region:

Go.Asia (Platform to promote charities & volunteerism – http://go.asia);

Give.Asia (Crowdfunding platform for good causes  – http://www.give.asia);

NetMission.Asia (youth volunteer program & network — http://www.netmission.asia)

Ajitora.Asia (Sustainable development project starting with Tigers – www.ajitora.asia)

KIFF (Kids International Film Festival – www.kiff.asia)

ISIF.Asia (R&D Grants Fund — http://www.isif.asia);

CreativeCommons.Asia (http://www.creativecommons.asia);

OLPC.Asia (One-Laptop-Per-Child Initiative in Asia — http://www.olpc.asia);

DSF.Asia (Digital Solidarity Fund — http://dsf.citydash.asia);

OSS.Asia (Open Source Software consortium –http://www.oss.asia), and

AFAAcademy (Asian Film Awards – www.asianfilmawards.asia)

MaD.asia (Make a Difference Institute – www.mad.asia)