Kasek is a researcher and academic at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, focusing on computational physics. He has also been heavily involved with the NGO the Internet Society, where he is a Board Member for the Pacific Islands Chapter. He is passionate about the transformative potential of technology in Papua New Guinea and the region. He is also currently undertaking postgraduate studies in contemporary diplomacy, focusing on the uses of electronic tools in diplomacy. As he comes from a technical background, he plans to use the Fellowship opportunity to develop his understanding of international affairs and policy development. His research will focus on how to foster digital literacy, particularly in the PNG context.
While the downsides of Facebook are obvious, it is not clear that a temporary ban is the answer.
The Cybercrime Act has had and will have major ramifications for the role the internet plays in Papua New Guinean society.
Internet usage within PNG, while still low, has rapidly increased and with this has come new opportunities but substantial barriers to take-up remain.