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The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) serves the Internet Society’s purposes by serving the interests of the global Internet community through its presence in the Pacific Islands. In addition to ISOC interests, PICISOC also focuses on local issues and developments, and acts as an impartial advisor to governments and the public on matters of significant interest to Pacific Island people concerning the Internet and ICT technology in general.
IT-PacNet was created in 1994 to see what ICT developments were being made by FFA and SOPAC, two regional organisations operating in the Pacific. This meant comparing notes, implementation and success stories. The meeting was informal and technical in nature. FFA's IT manager at the time was Sam Taufao and SOPAC's IT manager was Leslie Allinson. It was agreed that more organisations should be brought into the group the following year. Slowly it became apparent that the countries needed to be part of the process and IT-PacNet evolved into a meeting of IT Administrators and Managers from the Pacific region.
At around the same time, Sam Taufao (then working for FFA) came back from a meeting sponsored by UNESCO and recommended the creation of PICISOC - the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society. IT-PacNet slowly evolved into a CROP (Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific) ICT Working Group (and concentrated more on dealing with CROP policies. Meanwhile PICISOC grew and by 2002 a Board and Executive were in place. The general assemblies (annual meetings) became bigger and thus PacINET was born, and has since evolved to become the premier ICT conference for the Pacific region. PacINET was able to re-group most of the original functions of IT-PacNet, an event where anyone can speak freely and share views on ICT/Internet for any organisation, government, the private sector, etc. or as an individual.
PICISOC's focus is on ICT and Internet issues for the Pacific Islands region, and it works with various organisations and governments in ensuring the continuing development of ICT in the region.
The current Executive Board (2011-2012) is composed of:
- Maureen Hilyard (Chairman), Rarotonga, Cook Islands
- Andrew Molivurae (Vice-Chairman), Port Vila, Vanuatu
- Ellen Strickland (Secretary), Auckland, New Zealand
- Siaosi Sovaleni (Treasurer), Tonga
- David Leeming (Membership Director), Honiara, Solomon Islands
- Will Tibben (Website & Apralo Rep), Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- Andrew Berquist (Co-website Manager), Pago Pago, American Samoa
PacINET is a regional conference for practitioners, developers, researchers and those interested in ICT from all sectors to exchange information on the system design, enabling technologies, and anecdotal experiences related to the use of ICT in the Pacific Islands. It has evolved to become the Pacific's largest annual ICT conference.
Countries and territories covered
The chapter covers the following countries and territories: American Samoa - Cook Islands - Federated States of Micronesia - Fiji - French Polynesia - Guam - Kiribati - Marshall Islands - Nauru - New Caledonia - Niue - Northern Marianas - Palau - Papua New Guinea - Pitcairn - Samoa - Tokelau - Tonga - Tuvalu - Vanuatu - Wallis and Futuna