DotAsia Organisation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. DotAsia oversees the ‘.Asia’ top-level Internet domain name, and is formed as an open consortium of 20 official top-level-domain authorities around the region, including .CN (China), .JP (Japan), .KR (Korea), .IN (India), .NZ (New Zealand), .PH (Philippines), etc., and 5 regional Internet organizations including APNIC, APNG, APCERT, PAN and APTLD. In the past two decades Asia has developed into a global force in the commercial, political and cultural network. The .Asia domain aspires to embrace this dynamism in the Asia Century to become a nucleus, intersection and breeding ground for Internet activity and development in the region.
Since the launch of the “.Asia” registry in March 2008, DotAsia has been proactively contributing to the Internet and cultural community in Asia. DotAsia has a strong mandate for socio-technological advancement initiatives including:
- Digital inclusion projects to bridge the digital divide and the poverty gap;
- Educational initiatives, e.g. scholarships and promotion of Internet adoption for the advancement of knowledge, etc.; and,
- Research and development projects, including relief and rebuild efforts in the wake of natural and otherwise disasters.
Today, DotAsia is already supporting many community projects in the region:
ISIF.Asia (R&D Grants Fund — http://www.isif.asia);
OLPC.Asia (One-Laptop-Per-Child Initiative in Asia — http://www.olpc.asia);
DSF.Asia (Digital Solidarity Fund — http://dsf.citydash.asia);
OSS.Asia (Open Source Software consortium –http://www.oss.asia), and
NetMission.Asia (youth volunteer program & network — http://www.netmission.asia).