Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PressExposure) February 25, 2009 -- Recruitment is underway for young volunteers from Hong Kongâs top tertiary institutes and universities to take part in the NetMission Ambassadors Program (http://www.netmission.asia). Selected ambassadors will undergo training curriculums on promoting digital inclusion, improving Internet governance, and creating a harmonious Internet environment. Features of the program include participation in international conferences and for the ambassadors to design and implement various community projects in Asia.
NetMission is led by the DotAsia Organisation and supported by over 20 organizations from different sectors including universities, childrenâs rights, elderly and Internet groups. Beyond raising awareness on digital inclusion, NetMission aims to nurture young leaders to promote a culture of social responsibility.
DotAsia is also a contributing partner to the Information Society Innovation Fund (http://www.isif.asia), CreativeCommons in Asia ([http://www.creativecommons.asia]), Asia Open Source Software Centers (http://www.oss.asia), a digital inclusion project grants fund (Digital Solidarity Fund), disaster relief programs (http://www.relief.asia) and the One-Laptop-Per-Child initiative in Asia (http://www.olpc.asia).
The DotAsia Organisation also enjoys celebrated status in the realm of arts and culture in Asia, supporting film festivals such as: â¢ Asian Film Festival (http://www.hkaff.asia) â¢ Hong Kong International Film Festival (http://www.hkiffshop.asia) â¢ 100th Anniversary Celebrations for Hong Kong Films (http://www.hkfilm100.asia) as well as up-and-coming artists (http://www.ella.asia) and directors (http://www.parkingmovie.asia). These efforts are prompting businesses and cultural initiatives alike to start adopting their own â.Asiaâ domains such as: â¢ Honda (http://www.honda.asia) â¢ Panasonic (http://www.panasonic.asia) â¢ Ironman China ([http://ironmanchina.asia]) â¢ Phuket Film Festival (http://www.phuketfilmfestival.asia)
The demand for an âAsiaâ online presence is reflected in the surge in the secondary market for â.Asiaâ domains. Average prices for â.Asiaâ domains in the secondary market, according to Sedo.com, reached beyond US$1,500 in 2008, compared to $1,300 for comparable TLDs.