[Reader-list] Call for contributing theme editors for portal on Internet Governance in the Asia-Pacific

Sunil Abraham sunil at mahiti.org
Tue Nov 16 22:32:08 IST 2004

Help build a portal on Internet Governance in the Asia-Pacific
Call for contributing theme editors

UNDP's Asia Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP) in
co-operation with the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) is
launching a portal on ICT policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region to
stimulate dialogue on ICT policy priorities and build a resource
collection with country-specific news and key background readings in
major issue areas. The portal will be a collaborative online effort,
with all resources added and managed through an easy-to-use web
interface. APDIP is seeking to appoint a number of topics editors that
assume responsibility for maintaining information resources on a
pro-bono basis in one of the following issue clusters, all with specific
focus on the concerns of the Asia-Pacific region.

- Editor 1: physical infrastructure policies: e.g. interconnection and
backbone access policies, competition regulation, universal service
rules and Internet, wireless and Internet telephony regulations,
collective access schemes

-  Editor 2: logical infrastructure: e.g. IP address management, domain
name rules, public policy dimension of Internet standards and standards

-  Editor 3: data and network security, online fraud, spam and
cyber-crime regulation

- Editor 4: e-commerce related policy issues: consumer protection,
taxation, customs duties, secure payments systems

What are we looking for?
The ideal candidates would have in-depth expertise in the selected
policy area in the Asia-Pacific region and they would be committed to
nurturing a public information exchange on the issues from an
independent and objective perspective. Editors are expected to make time
for populating the topics area with a limited number of key background
references, for providing news updates twice a week, and for managing
the submissions of information resources suggested by other website
users. They receive credit for their efforts through high visibility and
prominent recognition on the website, as well as the opportunity to
interact with senior-policy makers, private sector representatives and
civil society actors that will make up the main target audience of the
web portal.

How can you get involved?
If you are interested, please send your CV and a brief cover page
outlining your interests, expertise and preferred thematic area by no
later than November 23 to Mr. Dieter Zinnbauer: dieter at apdip.net

-  About the Internet Policy initiative
UNDP-APDIP has initiated an Open Regional Dialogue on Internet
Governance,  to establish a regional perspective on important aspects of
Internet Governance as viewed by stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific
region.  The initiative aims to facilitate consultations at the
national, regional, and sub-regional levels, while surveys and research
will be undertaken that will result in a consolidated input to the UN
World Summit on the Information Society and the UN Working Group on
Internet Governance (UN-WGIG).

- About the Portal
A core component of the initiative is the development of an interactive
portal website that consolidates key resources on Internet Governance
for Asia-Pacific stakeholders and provides a wide range of interactive
and participatory features, including options for commenting on issues,
adding resources, starting discussions or setting up private information
sharing spaces for related communities of practice. The portal will
operate on a Plone content management system, which provides all these
features through a website based-online editing system that does not
require any advanced website programming skills. For an example of Plone
in action see www.iosn.net.

-  About APDIP
UNDP-APDIP is an initiative developed and funded by the United Nations
Development Programme and covers countries in the Asia-Pacific region
through 25 UNDP country offices.  APDIP aims at assisting member
countries in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
to foster social and economic development.

For more information on ORDIG, please go to www.igov,net; for more
background information on APDIP, please visit www.apdip.net.

Sunil Abraham, sunil at mahiti.org http://www.mahiti.org
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