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25th Anniversary Human Rights

Stand for Leadership: The choice is yours

The world of today mostly buzzes with social media and hashtags. For a youth it’s a complicated dynamic world of Internet with tons and tons of messages and notifications that pop up every other minute, and where no Internet means no life. 

As a journalist, blogger, activist and a consultant, the Internet made me who I am and still I am exploring the possibilities of my virtue. Nothing was easy but the point is standing for change. 

I realized the power of Internet when I published a story in one of the citizen journalism sites, Ground Report, and it was picked up by Access Now and they launched an international campaign “Nepal Shutdown Showdown”.  

Man, I felt powerful!  

It was not only standing for change but I think it was more about standing for your rights and voicing what can be done. 

In 2011 with the revolution of social media we launched Internet activism in Nepal. Various campaigns against the political leaders were launched against the political deadlock. We used the available technology and network to create a solution for the frustration of what we believed in. The campaign created a ripple in the political hemisphere and we made our point.

The thing that changed my perspective most about the Internet was during the earthquake of 2015. It was massive and everything seemed doomed but the one thing that came to a rescue was the Internet. 

We took it on ourselves and started posting messages on our social media, and one after the other people showed their interest. Some gave away spare food, some with medical supplies, some with material and we helped people. That day I realized the importance of the Internet and how we could bridge the gaps of a changing world. 

Complaining about what was not happening was always part of life but being the change and touching the hearts of thousands of people was something special which was possible because of the Internet.   

That day the definition of the Internet changed. 

The Internet for me was not just possibilities but it stood as a helping hand; it was humanity for all those people.

Are you using the Internet to be the change and make an impact in your community? Nominate yourself or someone you know for the Internet Society’s 25 under 25 programme

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25th Anniversary Growing the Internet

You Don't Change The World By Thinking like Everyone Else

We are young. 

We have a bunch of emotions, energy and dreams. 

As young people, we truly believe that our world can get better. Most of the time we do not have fears. We try new things, new trends, new food, and new technology. We are open to hear new ideas and fight for new causes. All this helps us to come up with innovative ideas. 

I have seen lots of great ones!

Some of you have developed these ideas, and now you have projects, groups, businesses, and movements. However, not all of these ideas get the attention that they deserve. 

But now you have the chance. 

This is a unique opportunity to show everyone what you are doing and to be recognised. Maybe you are looking for some assistance or even inspiration. 

You can find it here – in the Internet Society’s 25 under 25 programme

If this has not convinced you, let me tell you that if we want a better world, this is a chance to meet others who are working on it. 

Who knows, maybe you will end up working together? 

I invite you to nominate yourself or nominate someone else. The Internet Society is looking for 25 people between 13 to 25 years old who are using the Internet to make an impact on their society. As you might know, the Internet is part of our daily life, and it has become a tool for democracy, education, and development. 

There might be great ideas out there that use the Internet to build a better world. And, who could be the authors of these ideas? Young people, for sure. 

If you know a story that needs to be told, please speak up. The Internet Society is waiting to hear from you.

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25th Anniversary Community Projects

Community Forum Launches the Search for 25 Under 25

Today, the Internet Society hosted a special Community Forum, “Youth on the Internet.” Hundreds of participants from across 6 continents joined the conversation to share their views on what the Internet means to them.

A special thanks to our Next Generation Leaders who were panellists – Evelyn Namara (Uganda), Veronica Arroyo (Peru), Yuza Setiawan (Indonesia) for a vibrant discussion on topics such as how young people can address privacy and security concerns, and how the Internet can help close the gender gap.

We also launched the new “25 Under 25” initiative. In celebration of the Internet Society’s 25th anniversary and as we look to the future, we want to identify 25 passionate, young people between the ages of 13 and 25 who are using the Internet to make a difference in their communities.

Awardees will be guests at a reception in their honour co-located with the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame induction ceremony in September. There will be plenty of opportunities for the 25 under 25 awardees to network with the Internet pioneers, innovators and global connectors who made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Internet.

Nominations are now open for 25 under 25. We look forward to hearing more about the next generation of entrepreneurs and influencers on the Internet.

If you missed today’s Community Forum, the recording can be found on the Internet Society’s Facebook page and on Connect, a platform for Internet Society members.  If you don’t have an account, you can join and create one for free.

If you know someone who is under 25 and changing the world using the Internet – tell us about them!

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Internet of Things (IoT)

Innovate or die – Asian SMEs move to cloud computing

At the recently held Cloud Asia Forum there was a session titled “Food for thought discussion: Innovate or Die – Business models and disruptive technologies”.  It was during this session that it was predicted that the number of companies embracing cloud computing in the next five years would double.  SMEs sitting among the audience must have felt the pressure to change and to do so quickly.

Cloud computing and cloud computing technology seem to be a natural fit for SMEs.  They have the potential to be a great equaliser as they allow SMEs access to the latest enterprise grade tools on a pay-per use basis from anywhere and at any time – and levels the playing field with big business using the empowering nature of the Internet.

SMEs predominate in Asia and 90% of Asian businesses are classified as SMEs. Staff at many Asian SMEs work remotely via their mobile devices and bring-their-own devices to work, an ideal fit for cloud computing.  In 2014 these companies contributed $10.9 trillion to their economies and accounted for about 49% of GDP. However, estimated sales of cloud products to SMEs in Asia-Pacific was $2 billion with the growth rate at 42%.  This indicates there remains much market potential.

The Asian cloud journey has not been an easy one. A relatively stable and sophisticated IT infrastructure at national level is important for cloud but still wanting in a number of emerging APAC economies. Price and flexibility is an issue in less developed countries, infrastructure reliability remains an issue and IT skills sometimes fall short. Finally cloud pricing is complicated, vendors are using a wide range of models and sometimes vendor prices are not even published.  This is in addition to other concerns such as data portability, security,  reliability of the system in the face of outages and the fear of loss of control.

Before making the leap it is essential to understand the cloud solutions / service provider’s ability to meet current and future needs.   Probably top of the list is the acceptable range of risks associated with the use of cloud services and willingness to accept the risk and terms of provision.   Another key area is data protection / ownership.  It is important to know the location and jurisdiction of data and access and whether there are security procedures in light of differences in legal and regulatory compliance.

Also important to consider are meaningful service level agreements that look at compensation for business impacting outages, loss of data, exit strategy and termination procedure which allows for the transfer of data back to the company. Not least, there should also be interoperability across environments and flexibility to support different workloads.

Also during the event, Rajnesh Singh, Director of the Internet Society’s Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau, led a discussion on ‘China and the Internet’. The session covered the current state of the Chinese Internet market and challenges and opportunities for both companies looking at entering the Chinese market, and Chinese companies moving into external markets. Panelists included Charles Mok, Legislative Councillor for Information Technology, Hong Kong and Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia.