DotAsia Organisation (DotAsia) and Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK) successfully acquired the hosting rights of APRICOT 2011 (Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies) and APAN 31th (Asia-Pacific Advanced Network) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This is the first ever joint event of APRICOT and APAN (named as APRICOT-APAN 2011) that makes it the biggest Internet conference in Asia. It is the 2nd APRICOT in Hong Kong after 14 years while it is the 1st APAN meeting in Hong Kong. It is expected 1,000 participants from all over Asia Pacific region will attend.
The APRICOT (Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies) is a prestigious regional event of the ICT industry, which began in 1996. APRICOT has provided a unique and successful educational forum for Internet builders in the region to learn from their peers and other leaders in the Internet community from around the world. APRICOT has now clearly established itself as the Asia Pacific’s premier regional Internet Summit where related organizations come together to meet and host their annual general meetings, including APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre), APIA (Asia Pacific Internet Association), APTLD (Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Forum), APCAUCE (Asia Pacific Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email), and APstar.
Held annually, the ten-day long summit consists of seminars, workshops, tutorials, conference sessions, birds-of-a-feather (BOFs), and other forums all with the goal of spreading and sharing the knowledge required to operate the Internet within the Asia Pacific region.
For more detailed information of APRICOT, you may visit www.apricot.asia/
APAN (Asia-Pacific Advanced Network) is a non-profit international consortium established on 3 June 1997. APAN is designed to be a high-performance network for research and development on advanced next generation applications and services. APAN provides an advanced networking environment for the research and education community in the Asia-Pacific region, and promotes global collaboration.
Its objectives are to coordinate and promote network technology developments and advances in network-based applications and services, to coordinate the development of an advanced networking environment for research and education communities in the Asia-Pacific region and to encourage and promote global cooperation to help achieve the above.
For more detailed information of APAN, please visit www.apan.net/
APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre) is an open, membership-based, not-for-profit organization. It is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) charged with ensuring the fair distribution and responsible management of IP addresses and related resources. These resources are required for the stable and reliable operation of the global Internet. As part of this service, the APNIC Secretariat is responsible for maintaining the public APNIC Whois Database and managing reverse DNS zone delegations.
APNIC is also actively involved in the development of Internet infrastructure throughout the region. This includes providing training and education services, supporting technical activities such as root server deployments, and collaborating with other regional and international organizations.
For more detailed information of APNIC, please visit www.apnic.net/
DotAsia Organisation is dedicated to the needs of the community with a vision of leveraging the successful, collaborative atmosphere and network among the Asia Internet community to create a globally visible Internet domain as a cyberspace that belongs to Asia, and a platform that would contribute in accelerating the overall growth of the region. 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.
DotAsia is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization incorporated in Hong Kong as a “limited by guarantee and not having a share capital” corporation. It is the Sponsoring Organisation and Registry Operator for the .Asia Sponsored Generic Top Level Domain (TLD) which oversees the policies and governance of the “.Asia” TLD Registry. DotAsia is formed as a consortium of official national/governmental top-level domain authorities (such as .CN in China, .JP in Japan, .KR in Korea, .IN in India, .SG in Singapore, etc.) along with regional Internet bodies (such as APNIC, APNG, APCERT, etc.). DotAsia currently have 26 members from across Asia and membership is open for different countries and territories to join.
For more detailed information of DotAsia, please visit www.dot.asia
Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK) is the local chapter organization of the Internet Society (ISOC), which is an international, professional, not-for-profit membership society with more than 100 organisational and more than tens of thousands individual members in over 90 chapters around the world, providing leadership in all issues confronting the current and future Internet. ISO-HK was formed in 2005 by local veteran Internet professionals with the mission to improve the practice of Internet governance and online civil society in Hong Kong.
Consistent with the ISOC statement of purpose, ISOC HK believes in “maintaining and extending the development and availability of the Internet and its associated technologies and applications - both as an end in itself, and as a means of enabling organizations, professions, and individuals locally and worldwide to more effectively collaborate, cooperate, and innovate in their respective fields and interests.”
For more detailed information of Internet Society Hong Kong, please visit www.isoc.hk
Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX) is initiated and coordinated by Information Technology Services Centre (ITSC) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). HKIX is NOT a transit service provider; instead, it is a layer-two settlement-free multi-lateral exchange point.
The main goal of HKIX is to interconnect the Internet Access Providers (IAPs) in Hong Kong so that intra-HongKong traffic locally without routing through US can be exchanged. However, HKIX can also be used for routing of Internet traffic between the networks in Hong Kong and the peer or downstream networks of HKIX participants in other countries. The peering model of HKIX is a SKA (Sender Keep All) peering model. HKIX serves IAPs with proper licenses, local and international Research and Education networks as well as international network services providers and Internet exchanges.
For more detailed information of Hong Kong Internet eXchange (HKIX), please visit www.hkix.net/
The Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC) is a cooperative effort of the Computer Centres of the eight government-funded tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. JUCC was first incorporated in September 1970 aiming to provide a comprehensive computing service to the two universities at that time, namely, The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. With the establishment of more tertiary institutions in the subsequent years, the size of JUCC membership kept on growing. By now, JUCC has a total of eight full members.
JUCC's primary objective is to provide computing and information technology services for its members with an aim to further the development of information technology and services in the education community in Hong Kong. Being the consortium of all the tertiary institutions of Hong Kong, the mission of the JUCC is to contribute to the development and application of IT in the education community in Hong Kong, to support the students, teachers, researchers and administrators in their pursuit of education and research excellence and to serve academia in the nearby region.
For more detailed information of JUCC, please visit www.jucc.edu.hk
HKISPA (Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association) was found in 1996 with missions to serve as a forum for consideration of issues or topics that may affect the development and deployment of Internet in Hong Kong; to promote development of Internet infrastructure, fair market competition, and the growth of the Internet industry in Hong Kong; to formulate and promulgate policy in respect of regulatory and governmental issues involving the Internet industry and to represent the Internet industry in its interface with governmental bodies and the public at large; to establish and maintain a Code of Practice for ISP members.
For more detailed information of HKISPA, please visit www.hkispa.org.hk