We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposal submissions for our 2021 NetThing Forum, to be held online on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 November.
NetThing is an open and inclusive platform bringing together a diverse multidisciplinary community for the discussion of Australia’s internet and technology issues. It is an opportunity to explore those issues, understand others’ perspectives, form stronger cooperation and partnerships between stakeholder groups and be inspired to make an impact in the tech policy space.
We invite you to contribute to the discussion by submitting a proposal. Share with us your knowledge, experience or perspective on any one of our four themes.
The theme of the 2021 NetThing Forum is focused on a single metanarrative - Building Bridges - a theme which encompasses all that NetThing stands for and hopes to achieve.
Proposals can focus on any one of the four themes:
Beyond the spectre of COVID-19, there are important health issues to cover. Did Australia do a good job of communicating the health crisis through the Internet? Are we on the verge of important healthtech breakthroughs?
Some might say we live in a ‘zero trust’ world, but do we really believe it? Here, it would be great to hear about issues of security, digital rights, ethics, disinformation - and everything in between!
How can we make the Internet in Australia a more inclusive place? Are we conscious enough of the demographic divide in the Internet, issues of accessibility, remote communities or gender?
Over the last few years, the environment has grown to be an ever more important digital issue. Is Australia dealing with its e-waste in the most sustainable way? Can a ‘smart city’ become more than just an academic buzzword and mean something? Is the negative focus on the Internet’s environmental impact unduly ignoring the power of the Internet in mobilising momentum on climate change.
We hope these themes help spark an idea and can't wait to see what you come up with!
An informal discussion session designed to connect the participants of a shared topic of interests without a pre-planned agenda.
Share your experiences and ideas in an informal setting, and invite reflection or feedback.
An open space for organisations/individuals to share their recent Internet governance activities, research findings or any new initiatives to seek engagement or collaboration within the Asia Pacific Community.
Presentation and/or sharing of viewpoints by speakers on a particular topic. Please limit the number of speakers on the panel to 4 or less.
Interactive dialogue involving all participants with designated moderators and not more than 2 speakers.
A capacity building or peer-learning session on specific issues for the participants. The format of delivery and target audience should be described in the proposal.
A more hands-on session with small break out groups. e.g. role-play discussion, fishbowl discussion.
We invite proposals from anyone with an interest in the internet and technology in Australia and the issues that pertain to them. We want contributions from interesting and diverse speakers, no matter the industry or sector. If you have something to say, we want to hear it.
Submissions need to include:
Proposals are submitted through the APNIC Paper Submission System, which requires the creation of a free account.
Submission deadline: 30 September 2021, 11:59 pm
All proposals will be reviewed. Please note that submission does not guarantee a speaking spot.
If you need help submitting your proposal or require additional assistance in order to present, then let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org