The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC: www.picisoc.org
) is affiliated to the Internet Society (ISOC). It covers 22 Pacific Islands Countries with a membership of more than 300 individuals in the region. PICISOC organizes a yearly meeting called PacINET. This meeting covers all the Internet aspects but will be focused on rural Internet.
The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society serves the Societyís purposes by serving the interests of the global Internet community through its presence in the Pacific Islands. It focuses on local issues and developments, and as an impartial advisor to governments and the public on matters of significant interest to Pacific Island people.
The Internet SOCiety (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 150 organization and 16,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIG)
Special Interest Groups (SIG) have been setup to provide focus groups in different areas within PICISOC.
Each SIG addresses specific interests of members, and organises activities around these interests. Activities include mailing lists and forums, newsletters and workshops and other areas of collaboration depending on the needs of members.
The following SIGs are currently available:
"As more schools, students and teachers are moving online in the Pacific, the role of the Internet in education is becoming increasingly important".
Formed in Feb 2007, this special interest group addresses the emerging needs of learners, educators, educational technologists and policy-makers in the region.
- The first aim of the group is to encourage and share developments in internet-related education & training projects and programs in the Pacific region. The group will prepare an annual 'snapshot' of the themes, challenges and achievements of education-related internet initiatives, to be presented at PICISOC's annual conference and posted online. This 'snapshot' also draws from the work of the Univ. of the South Pacific's "Pacific eLearning Observatory".
- A second aim is to promote the role of Internet connectivity and the PC for the benefit of education and learning in rural and remote communities.
- A third aim is to promote the implementation of the Digital Strategy of the Pacific Plan in the education sector throughout the region