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The Digital Revolution in the Pacific

The Digital Revolution in the Pacific

Speakers Fergus Hanson, Jane Treadwell, Dr Amanda H A Watson and Bart Hogeveen

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre warmly invites you to attend a panel discussion to consider how governments and businesses in the Pacific Islands are reaping the benefits and tackling the challenges stemming from increased internet and mobile connectivity.

By the end of 2019, the last of a series of submarine cables being laid across the Southern part of the Pacific ocean will come online. Supported by the Australian Government, the Coral Sea Cable System will link Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands to a landing station in Sydney. The World Bank estimates improved internet access and connectivity could translate into additional GDP of more than USD5 billion and close to 300,000 additional jobs in the Pacific Islands by 2040.

How are internet and mobile connections impacting politics, governance, business and social issues in the Pacific Islands? How do we ensure all Pacific Islanders can reap the benefits of this digital revolution and have the tools to deal with the many challenges?

Panelists will include representatives from Pacific Island governments and Australian organisations.   

This event coincides with the visit of a group of e-Government experts from PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati who are in Canberra for an activity that is part of a joint capacity building program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the government of Estonia.

A drinks and canape reception will conclude the event.


Fergus Hanson

Fergus Hanson was the Director of ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre until Jan 2023.

Jane Treadwell

Lead Digital Development Specialist at World Bank Group

Dr Amanda H A Watson

Dr Amanda H A Watson is a Research Fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University.

Bart Hogeveen

Bart Hogeveen is a Deputy Director for Cyber, Technology & Security at ASPI.