The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) is a chapter that represents the interests of users in the Oceania, Pacific region. It focuses on local issues and developments in the Pacific region, and seeks to provide impartial advise to governments and the public on Internet-related matters that are relevant to Pacific Island people.

The Internet is for all – you do not need to be a techo head, geek or nerd to join (you are most welcome to join if you are!) but to simply be interested in developing Internet related aspects in Pacific Island nations (societal, telehealth, regulation, policies, security, digital divide, …)

PICISOC’s annual conference called PacINET has brought together many Internet practitioners working in diverse areas. As a consequence, PICISOC has been at the forefront of a number of important initiatives in the Pacific region. These include raising awareness in the following areas:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS)
  • the move to IPv6
  • Cybersecurity leading to the establishment of PacCERT
  • Routing leading to the establishment of PacNOG (Pacific Network Operators group
  • People with disabilities supporting Access for All in annual PacINET conferences
  • Internet governance foreshadowing the formation of the Pacific IGF (Internet Governance Forum)
  • FOSS (Free and Open Software)
  • Gender and technology