APNIC 44 in Taichung

One of the most important conferences in the Internet community of the Asia Pacific region, APNIC 44 in Taichung, was taking place from September 7 to 14 in Taichung, Taiwan.

The group photo in the APNIC 44, from the left to the right: Sanjaya, Deputy Director General of APNIC; Ai-Chin Lu, Vice CEO of TWNIC; Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC; Gaurab Raj Upadhaya, Chair of Executive Council of APNIC; Tan Ho Chen, Minister of MOTC; Chia-Lung Lin, Mayor of Taichung City Government; Long-Song Lin, Chairman of TWNIC; Yau Jr Liu, Director General of Economic Development Bureau of Taichung City Government; and Ching-Teng Hsiao, Consultant of Taichung City Government.

It contained 2 parts of the program, workshops from September 7 to 11 and the conference from September 12 to 14. The APNIC 44 was jointly organized by Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC), and Taichung City Government. The workshops and conference attracted over 383 participants from all over the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

In the opening ceremony on the first day of the conference, Tan Ho Chen, the Minister of Ministry of Transportation and Communications; Long-Song Lin, Chairman of TWNIC; Chia-Lung Lin, Mayor of Taichung City Government; Gaurab Raj Upadhaya,
Chair of Executive Council of APNIC; and Paul Wilson, Director General of APNIC gave opening remarks. Afterwards, Anand Osawal, the Senior Vice President of Engineering Enterprise Networking
Group of Cisco Systems, gave a keynote speech. He talked about IPv6 on the Cisco campus and shared their experience to the attendees. Also, Geoff Huston, the Chief Scientist of APINIC, gave another keynote speech, talking about the DNS and network security.

The keynote speeches intrigued much audience feedback from the full house. After the opening ceremony, technical operations and cooperation SIG were held. In the evening, the opening reception was held in a restaurant in National Taichung Theater to make the attendees experience the beautiful and cultural aspects in Taichung city.

In the next 2 days in the conference, more technical operations, policy SIG, lightening talks, and BoFs were held. The topics in the conference touching on major issues in Internet, including network security,
the new generation of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPV6), and blockchain, were fully discussed by the attendees.

At the 40th APNIC Conference in 2015, Taichung City was announced as the city for the 44th APNIC conference. The TWNIC successfully became the local host for the APNIC conferences in 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2008 in Taipei City and Kaohsiung City, devoting to provide an open and mutually beneficial interaction platform for the Asia Pacific region and global Internet community.

In 2016, the TWNIC had started to launch variety of promotional activities in international conferences related to Internet, as well as among the domestic Internet communities, not only to promote the APNIC 44, but also to introduce the development of technology, culture, transportation, industry, and research and development in Taiwan.

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