href=”http://pregi.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/igflogo.jpg”>The Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET) remotely participated in one of the 2011 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) workshops titled “The Role of Internet Exchange Points in Creating Internet Capacity and Bringing Autonomy to Developing Nations,” which was actually held at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya last 29 September 2011.
The main topics covered in said workshop were: 1) how Internet bandwidth, the capacity to route Internet traffic, is produced within Internet exchange points; 2) overview of the distribution of Internet exchange points globally; and 3) discussion of the role of Internet exchange points in making developing regions autonomous from the draining expense of international telecommunications carriage.
In his opening remarks, John Curran, Chief Executive Officer of the American Registry for Internet Numbers stressed the benefit of establishing an exchange point. “If you want reliable service, you need to think about the fact that this [Internet exchange point] is a key part of Internet infrastructure. It is not that difficult to operate. And it is one that developing nations can do on their own and actually attract improved infrastructure to their area,” said Curran.
The Philippine remote hub was located in DOST-ASTI. PREGINET Technical Head Bayani Benjamin R. Lara and Science Research Specialist II Alvin M. de Gracia served as the hub coordinator and hub technical coordinator, respectively.
IGF is an annual event organized by the United Nations that aims at promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue regarding public policies related to Internet Governance. It brings all stakeholders from government, private sector, civil society and academic community in an Internet Governance debate on an equal basis, and via open and inclusive process.