Minister Audrey Tang attended the 2023 Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum virtually and secured 2024 APrIGF host right
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Minister Audrey Tang of the Ministry of Digital Affairs(moda) participated in the "Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum" (APrIGF) virtually to share our direction and achievements in Internet governance, as well as how to address challenges posed by emerging technologies. Minister Tang mentioned that due to the active efforts of the moda, it has been confirmed that next year's APrIGF will be held in Taipei, aiming to gather collective wisdom through this platform and collaborate with the global democratic network to explore pathways for mutual cooperation.
The 2023 "Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum" took place from August 29th to 31st in Brisbane, Australia in a hybrid format. The theme was "Emerging Technologies – Is Asia Pacific Ready for the Next Phase of the Internet?" Minister Tang was invited to participate in a video discussion on the topic of "Is fragmentation the future of the Internet and How Can We Resist?"
Minister Tang stated that internet fragmentation has various dimensions, with different interpretations based on legal regulations, cultural differences, technological disparities, or language barriers in different locations. Regardless of the form, when shaping the future of the internet, it is necessary to harness the collective wisdom, innovation, and determination of multiple stakeholders. APrIGF, as an important international forum, plays a significant role in facilitating discussions, sharing knowledge, and coordinating policies. The moda will continue to strengthen international connections, promote global cooperation, and collectively address the challenges brought by internet fragmentation.
Minister Tang also used recent efforts in preventing online scams as an example, stating that the moda has established various collaborative mechanisms, such as DNS RPZ (Response Policy Zone), which is a joint anti-fraud mechanism created by corporations, businesses, and public associations. Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) can immediately halt domain resolution upon receiving court rulings, administrative penalties imposed by government agencies, or malicious domain applications through emergency case procedures, to prevent the public from connecting to illegal websites and achieve rapid anti-scam results.
Minister Tang emphasized that information regarding TWNIC's "DNS RPZ 1.0 Court and Administrative Order Block Domain List," the "Fake Investment (Gambling) Website List" compiled by the 165 Anti-Scam Helpline of the National Police Agency, and the Administration for Digital Industries's "Application for Stoppage of Resolution of Fraudulent Domain Names List" are all publicly available on the government's open data platform for multiple participants to access, ensuring real-time updates and rapid collaborative defense. Human rights groups can also review this information to enhance transparency and accountability.
The "Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum" (APrIGF), held annually since 2010, is a regional-level event within the United Nations Economic and Social Council's "Internet Governance Forum" (IGF) mechanism. It involves various stakeholders from the Asia Pacific region in discussions, exchanges, and cooperation to enhance internet governance in the region. The forum has been held in multiple cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Seoul. After active efforts, APrIGF announced that "APrIGF 2024" will be hosted by Taiwan next year. This is the second time Taiwan hosts an APrIGF event since 2016. The event is planned to take place in Taipei in August next year, with hopes for broad participation.
The moda further explained that internet governance involves bringing together various stakeholders including governments, private sectors, and civil communities to collectively shape the evolution and development of the internet based on their respective roles and responsibilities. Internet governance transcends borders, and the moda will continue to attend relevant international conferences, sharing Taiwan's governance mechanisms centered around the concept of "Digital Resilience for All," deepening connections and cooperation with democratic partners, and building a more open, inclusive, and secure digital environment.