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About the Asian Bureau

Structure and reporting

The Regional Bureau for Asia is ISOC's physical point of presence for the Asian region. It serves the full complement of ISOC's initiatives and programmes, including education, membership, public policy and standards/technology.

The Bureau is managed by Mr Rajnesh Singh, and draws on expertise and support from ISOC staff and advisors stationed around the world.

Role and responsibilities

The Regional Bureau represents ISOC in the Asian region and helps drive ISOC's regional and global presence in its initiatives and programmes covering the areas of education, membership and policy and standards and technology.

Education: identifying needs and opportunities for educational initiatives, identifying the priorities for the region related to capacity building, reviewing proposals sent to ISOC and giving advice, identifying local initiatives and partners for education activities, and finding and working with local sponsors for events and initiatives.

Membership: co-ordinate ISOC's activities related to individual, chapter and organisational membership in the region as well as ISOC's participation in regional events, help monitor progress on key projects within the region, and engender collaborative efforts within the ISOC membership structure.

Policy: identifying and engaging with key influencers (focusing on national and regional influencers and policy-makers), providing advice to ISOC as to how current ISOC programmes and policies could be better adapted to the regional/local environment; build policy focused "trusted communities" to act as expert advisors for policymakers and other influencers; and promote the "The Internet Model" (how it works and who makes it work).

Standards/Technology: promote ISOC's support of Internet standards development (through the IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force) and evolution of Internet technologies, promote and emphasise the need for an open and technically secure and stable Internet for the benefit and use of everyone and encourage participation in the standards development process (e.g. through IETF fellowships).