Program Schedule

Thursday, 16 June 2011
Suntec Level 3 (Room 303-305) [Map]




Welcome Remarks by Ang Peng Hwa (Nanyang Technological University) [Recorded Video] [Transcript]


Enabling Policies for the Internet
Keynote address by Ms Aileen Chia, Deputy Director-General (Telecoms and Post)
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore


Introduction: Setting the scene


Chair: Ang Peng Hwa (Nanyang Technological University)

1030 - 1100

Coffee Break (Venue: Foyer outside the forum meeting room)


Plenary 1 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]

IPv6: How ready is Asia for this critical resource?

  • How does the depletion of IPv4 addresses affect Asia Pacific countries?
  • What is the latest status on IPv6 deployment in the region
  • IPv6 and the impact and opportunities for the region that may result from the transition to IPv6.


Chair: Kuo-Wei Wu (ICANN)


Lunch (Venue: Gallery East)


Plenary 2 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]
Intellectual Property: ACTA and Other Controversies
The Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement would be a treaty to put in place new and higher international standards on intellectual property enforcement. Apart from its obvious TRIPS-Plus nature and forceful use of ISPs as private police, ACTA reveals a couple of critically important aspects that deserve careful scrutiny from the perspective of Internet Governance. ACTA’s plurilateral and closed negotiation process directly goes against the multi-stakeholder and open and transparent participation principles developed for Internet Governance. ACTA’s narrow focus on intellectual property rights ignores human rights concerns, especially free speech and access to the Internet, that are essential in the information society. ACTA demonstrate the temptation to shift from the existing multilateral WIPO-WTO regime to a more restricted and opaque system to enforce the private exclusive rights on the global information network. In addition, other domestic (such as US Bill “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA)”) or private (such as ICANN’s trademark measures in new gTLD process) enforcement measures for intellectual property will exert significant global impact. The session intends to have a vivid discussion on all these interesting issues in the most populous and economic-booming region of the world.


Chair: Hong Xue (Beijing Normal University)


Coffee Break (Venue: Foyer outside the forum meeting room)


Plenary 3 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]
IDN governance and policy for an equitable and diverse multilingual Internet

Modern IDN was pioneered and invented in Singapore circa 1997/1998. It was turned away from implementation by ICANN at its first meeting, coincidentally in Singapore in Mar 1999, with the suggestion that the native IDN-script speakers should simply "Learn English" to use the Internet. In 2000, after a change of heart forced by VeriSign, ICANN briefly and half-heartedly championed a limited form of IDN. By default this slowed down adoption. In places such as China, however, local adoptions resolving mainly in particular IDN regions gathered steam. And by 2007 there was even serious talk of co-operation between the regional adoptions to reach semi-global scale.

In fits and starts, ICANN launched in mid-2010 full IDNs in ccTLD form in a number of countries. But the real larger scale IDN deployment is expected once ICANN allows many more IDN TLDs as part of the expected round of new gTLDs. This round as envisaged in the current draft version of the Applicant Guidebook has many remaining issues that will likely vastly favour Western registries - incumbent or new - at the expense of the poorer IDN peoples and cultures. Thus it is well possible that after 13 years of disinterest in the East's needs for IDN, the largely West-led ICANN will provide the needed IDNs but only at a great financial, social and cultural cost to many native IDN communities. This panel aims to help prevent that from happening by highlighting the issues even at this late stage of the eve of mass global IDN deployment.

Chair: Subbiah Subramaniam ( International)


Cocktail reception (sponsored by APNIC)
Venue: Gallery East

Note: Live captions (real time transcription) will be available throughout the forum on 16 June 2011.

Friday, 17 June 2011


Track 1 (a) Room 303 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]

The Arabic Revolutions, their Impact on the World, Roles of Social Networks, Lessons for effective but representative Internet Governance for soon arriving Multilingual Internet
Topic A
The Arabic revolutions, also known as the Arab Uprising, have changed what was believed to be unchangeable and toppled what was thought unshakable. Social networking websites played crucial roles as tools in mobilizing the people in these revolutions - successfully in Tunisia and Egypt, but not so successfully in Libya, Yemen, or Syria so far, why?
Q- How effective were social media in these revolutions? Will they continue post revolutions?
Q- What can be learnt from their experiences for a better more effective Internet Governance?


Topic B
It is clear that these popular revolutions have started to force a change on not only their local politics, but on global politics. Recently President Obama stood clearly in support of the legitimate demands of these Arab revolutions, and the US and its G8 partners have pledged to support the Arab Uprising with the cancelling of old debts and making new pledges in the billions of dollars in aid to show they are in support of these New People Power Revolutions.
Q- Do Arabs now trust the west in support of their revolutions?
Q- Will this money actually go to the right institutions to support these revolutions?


Topic C
The Internet is about to go Multilingual thru the New gTLDs in many languages..
Q- Are local communities excited at this coming change to the Internet to make it Multilingual?
Q- How do they feel that this New Multilingual Internet will be screened against American Laws?

Chair: Khaled Fattal (The Multilingual Internet Group and Ankabooot Social Network)

  • Rafik Dammak
  • Remote video participation by members of the Arabic revolutions from Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Yemen, and other Arab countries
  • Local TV & Radio Media professionals who covered these revolutions

Track 2(a) Room 304 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]

ICANN and New gTLD
ICANN is planning to launch its new gTLD program, which will see potentially hundreds of new gTLDs entering the domain name system. The process through which the new gTLD program went from a policy recommendation made in 2007 by ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization, to various iterations of a draft Applicant Guidebook that has grown in size and complexity, was notable for the breadth of concerns raised by ICANN's multi-stakeholder community and the various compromises and changes that were made as a result of ICANN's bottom-up consensus-based model of governance. As the ICANN Board prepares to meet in Singapore to decide on the launch of the program on 20 June 2011, this panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by new gTLDs to consumers, businesses and policy makers in the Asia Pacific region. How well does ICANN's proposed implementation plan take into account the needs and concerns of these constituents? What will be likely flash points and issues for the Asia Pacific? What are the lessons that Asia Pacific participants can learn from this process?


Chair: Mary Wong (University of New Hampshire)


Track 3(a) Room 305 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]

Internet for Disaster Relief and Recovery
The recent earthquake and the Tsunami in March that hit East Japan is the largest disaster of any kind in Japan after WW II. More than 24,000 people were killed or still missing. The people there have been suffering very much and the relief works are very slow and insufficient. It also indicated how important the use of ICT as social infrastructure and how vulnerable our lives are that depended on the continuality of our businesses. In Japan, the need for "multi-stakeholder" relief works is obvious, but the governance framework is not there yet.

First, we will hear the status of relief works and challenges of reconstructing network connectivity and services in the devastated areas from Japan. Then we will hear Google's informational support work for the Japanese people. We will also the stories from Indonesia about Tsunami in 2004 around Ache and other earthquake and volcano eruption disasters.

Finally, we would like to extract common lessons and come up with possible proposals for the working framework of the regional international cooperation and coordination for the disaster relief works using and providing ICT services.

Chair: Izumi Aizu (ANR) [Presentation Slides]


1030 - 1100

Coffee Break (Venue: Foyer outside the forum meeting room)

1100 -1230

Track 1 (b) Room 303 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]

Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection
An interconnected and networked world presents cybersecurity risks and privacy challenges which are unprecedented in human history. While cybersecurity, privacy and data protection laws are primarily national in nature, security and privacy risks are borderless impacting critical information infrastructures across boundaries and affecting lives socially, economically and politically. An integral element of a sound and robust framework for internet governance at both the national and international levels is the policy, legal and business framework for security, privacy and data protection. As global interconnectivity continues to deepen with the rise of social media, how should policy makers, regulators and businesses respond to these challenges in the internet governance sphere? In this track, the panelists will discuss the following issues:

  • Given the rise of internet security risks, what sort of internet governance framework must be put in place to balance security risk management and freedom of the internet? What risk control measures should be in place as part of the internet governance framework?
  • Does the present regime adequately provide for the "right" or optimal internet governance framework that would support the availability, robustness and resilience of critical national infrastructures?
  • How do we achieve balance amongst conflicting interests? : (i) privacy interests of users; (ii) security interests of governments; and (iii) business interests (innovation and profitability) of service providers
  • Who has the onus and the legal and moral obligations to design and develop the internet governance framework that addresses security, privacy and personal data protection issues?
  • What types of regulatory strategies and approaches should be developed or refined to tackle the increasingly complex world of cybercrimes in the context of internet governance?
  • From a business perspective, is co-regulation is a viable and acceptable model? How should the framework be institutionalized to allow for dialogue between regulators and businesses ?
  • What are the concrete plans that stakeholders can consider in the emerging internet governance framework, moving forward? Who should bear these costs? How should liability issues be handled taking into the account the risk appetite and the value creating opportunities that the stakeholders are seeking.

Chair: Zaid Hamzah (Strategic Lawyering Consulting)

Track 2 (b) Room 304 [Recorded Video 1] [Recorded Video 2] [Transcript]

Review of the IANA function
The US Government contracts ICANN to manage the IANA function, and earlier this year issued a Notice of Information (NoI) relating to the renewal of the IANA contract. A total of 72 responses were made to this NoI, containing some interesting analysis and possible future directions for IANA. This session seeks to review some of the aspects raised that may be considered for implementation as improvements in the future.


Chair: Keith Davidson (InternetNZ)

Track 3(b) Room 305 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]

International Law Enforcement
Cyberthreats risks, privacy challenges and battles to protect intellectual property rights affect all Internet stakeholders. How governments can enforce the law at the national level when threats happen online? How governments coordinate internationally when there are cross-border legal issues at stake? How can law enforcement agencies utilize the experiences of multi-stakeholders in the Internet governance ecosystem to work together to address cross-border Internet-related breaches of national law?


Chair: Pablo Hinojosa (APNIC)



Lunch (Venue: Gallery East)


Summary of Workshops Room 303-305 [Recorded Video 1] [Recorded Video 2] [Transcript]


Each group to summarise and a panel to comment

Chair: Grace Chng (Singapore Press Holding)

1530 - 1600

Coffee Break (Venue: Foyer outside the forum meeting room)


Nairobi and the Way Forward Room 303-305 [Recorded Video] [Transcript]


Chair: Edmon Chung (DotAsia)


Note: Live captions (real time transcription) will be available at Track 2 (a) and 2 (b) on 17 June 2011.