[Event report] Participation in APrIGF 2021 and APrIGF Fellowship

Rohini Lakshané and Mythri Prabhakara participated in the hybrid edition of the Asia Pacific Regional Governance Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF 2021), that is, the online conference as well as Local Hub activities held in Hyderabad, from 27 to 30 September 2021. Ms Prabhakara also received the APrIGF 2021 Fellowship, which has been documented in this report. They also attended the launch event of the Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter Hyderabad at the APrIGF Local Hub. They made several contributions to the APrIGF 2021 Synthesis Document.


Mythri Prabharakara received the APrIGF Fellowship, which ran from 1 August 2021 to 15 October 2021. It was an intensive fellowship involving courses, peer interaction, delivering talks and presentations, and receiving several hours of mentorship. The mentor assigned to Ms Prabhakara was Mr Eun Chang Choi.

She was the rapporteur for a session entitled “Transnational conversations on reclaiming freedom of expression online”, where she also made an intervention about the conceptualisation of online consent and the legal framing and categorisation of cybercrime victims. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTq1Mc3zDoQ

She made two presentations: one on her professional interests in law, gender and tech feminist spaces and the other for the fellows cohort. She represented the fellows cohort and presented a summary of the mentorship program that happened as part of the fellowship on the final day of the APrIGF. The presentation included a summary of all assignments completed and presentations made by the group, an e-course on Internet governance offered by the ISOC Foundation, and mock session proposals made to the UN Internet Governance Forum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpCJISLJvOQ