PNG DNS Forum Focuses on Policy Collaboration for Digital Inclusion

 The PNG Domain Name System (DNS) Forum, jointly hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and PNG University of Technology, entered its fourth day at the Hilton Hotel with a dedicated focus on policy collaboration aimed at advancing the .PG domain for a digitally inclusive future.

ICT Minister Hon. Timothy Masiu delivering his Keynote address during the Inaugural PNG DNS Forum at Hilton Hotel, Port Moresby, Thursday 9 May, 2024

The forum saw the convergence of key figures from government, industry, academia, and civil society to address critical issues surrounding Papua New Guinea's internet landscape.

Setting the tone for the inaugural forum, DICT’s Deputy Secretary for Digital Government, Mr. Russell Woruba, provided an overview of the collaborative efforts between the Department of ICT and PNG Unitech. Professor Ora Renagi, Vice Chancellor of PNG University of Technology (Unitech), emphasized the significance of safeguarding the ownership of the .pg domain within PNG.

"We try our best to keep the .pg ownership to Unitech, and outside external influence," Professor Renagi stated. "Infrastructure has always been our challenge, however Unitech has made a lot of progress in DNS."

Addressing the gathering, Minister for Information and Communications Technology, Hon. Timothy Masiu, delivered a compelling keynote address, shedding light on PNG’s current internet landscape and the need for transformative action. Minister Masiu outlined the forum’s objectives, emphasizing the importance of updating the .PG DNS Policy and informing proposed internet development policies.

"We are here to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and forge partnerships that will drive innovation and propel Papua New Guinea towards a digitally inclusive future," remarked Minister Masiu.

The forum received support from key partners such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and APNIC. Sponsors including Telikom, Datec, PNG DataCo, and NICTA demonstrated their commitment to advancing PNG’s digital landscape.

The DNS forum 2024 aims to lay the groundwork for concerted efforts to leverage ICT and the potential of DNS to contribute effectively to PNG’s economic growth.

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