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AIC Seminar in Jakarta on Internet Safety (Seminar Internet Sehat dan Aman)

February 8, 2013

On 7-8 February 2012, AIC ran a joint two-day workshop in Jakarta on using the Internet safely for children and families. The event was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics. The opening address was given by the minister, his Excellency Tifatul Sembiring.

AIC Letter to the Singapore Government (EDB) on the ITRs

January 1, 2013

We note that Singapore has signed the revised ITU Regulations (ITRs) at the recent World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai. We are very concerned and somewhat surprised that Singapore has taken this stand, despite
the fact that there was no consensus reached on the treaty text and the potential damage it could have on Singapore’s economic growth and status as a regional hub for technology companies. The decision taken by many technology companies, like members of the Asia Internet Coalition, to base their regional operations in Singapore was due in no small part to the belief that Singapore is supportive of an
open Internet.

AIC Comments on Philippines’ Data Privacy Act

December 24, 2012

An Act Protecting Individual Personal Information In Information And Communications Systems In The Government And The Private Sector, Creating For This Purpose A National Privacy Commission, And For Other Purposes.

AIC Comments on Vietnam’s Draft Law on the sanctioning of Admin Violations in the Mgt Provision and Use of Internet Svcs and Online Info

October 25, 2012

AIC is concerned that the proposed decree is unclear about which provisions apply to global internet companies and contains broad definitions that fail to describe what actions would result in penalties.

AIC Welcomes Facebook Inc. as Latest Member

September 1, 2012

Asia Internet Coalition welcomes Facebook Inc. as our latest member. Together with Yahoo, Google, eBay and Skype, the Coalition now boasts some of the biggest names in the Internet industry and aim to leverage its collective strength to engage governments across Asia to advance all its policy goals.

AIC Comments on China’s Draft Internet Information Service Management Rules

July 6, 2012

The AIC recognizes the importance of the internet as a driver for innovation and economic growth. The Boston Consulting Group reported in 2011 that the internet contributed HK$96 billion to the economy, which is 5.9% of Hong Kong’s GDP. It acknowledges the critical role regulations play in ensuring that the internet can continue to grow and play an important role for China’s economy. It is from this perspective that the AIC offers its comments.

AIC Statement on Malaysia's Amendment to Evidence Act

June 13, 2012

The AIC has supported a public forum to discuss the Evidence Act amendments in Malaysia. The amendments have generated a significant level of interest among Malaysians such as how the amendments will affect them. We lent support so that Malaysians could discuss the issue. The AIC believes in the value of an open and free internet and takes an interest in supporting discussions that can help such an objective.

AIC Comments to the Proposed Personal Data Protection Bill for Singapore

April 30, 2012

AIC supports with the objective of laying down a DP regime that seeks to create a balance between the need to protect individual’s
personal data against organization’s need to obtain and process such data for legitimate and reasonable purposes. The AIC would like to emphasize that these equally important objectives are not necessarily conflicting and it is critical that, in language and implementation, the law ensures prevention of misuse of personal information in a manner that does not impede industry’s capacity to innovate and use information for purposes that will benefit society.

AIC Feedback to Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM) Open Day

January 4, 2012

Whilst this Act is well intentioned, we believe that more needs to be done to ensure that efficiency, fairness and innovation are not compromised. We encourage the CGSO to ensure that there is adequate advanced consultation on future drafts of the bill, as well as the CNII categories.

AIC Executive Director’s article on Copyright in South China Morning Post

December 9, 2011

There’s no reason why internet-savvy Hong Kong should lag behind other developed economies in creating a market for digital content, says John Ure, Director of Asia Internet Coalition.

AIC Response to the Proposed Consumer Data Protection Regime for Singapore

October 26, 2011

The AIC welcomes the opportunity to comment on the questions posed and issues laid out in the Consultation Paper on the Proposed Consumer Data Protection Regime for Singapore (the “Consultation Paper”). For convenience, we addressed the questions raised in the Consultation Paper in the order they were presented.

AIC Statement on Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act

September 8, 2011

The Asia Internet Coalition believes that responsible intermediaries should be protected from prosecution over the actions of users and that clear notice and takedown policies must be in place. These are not included in Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act.By holding an intermediary liable for the actions of its users, this case could set a dangerous precedent and have a significant long-term impact on Thailand’s economy.