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Roundtables 

Events with network members, and other leading experts, to discuss several the key questions, emerging legislative trends in the Asia-Pacific region, and chart the future of platform societies in Asia and globally.

 


 

Platform Futures: Navigating Global vs Local

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Technology platforms have long operated with a minimal friction of national borders online bringing in billions of people around the world as users. Today this dynamic is being challenged. Countries around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, are putting forth laws and regulations that hold platforms accountable to local demands in economic and national security interests, as well as privacy, anti-competition, interoperability, among other interests.

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Urs Gasser

Dean of the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology

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Jack Qiu

Shaw Foundation Professor in Media Technology, Nanyang Technology University

Facilitators

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Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director
Digital Asia Hub
 

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Dev Lewis

Research Fellow
Digital Asia Hub
 

16 February, 2023

4pm Singapore/9am Brussels

Zoom

Platform Futures:
Social Media’s Mis/Disinformation Problem

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News consumption today largely occurs in mobile and platform-dominated media environments. In most countries in the Asia-Pacific region various combinations of Youtube, Facebook, Whatsapp, Line, Instagram, Wechat, Naver, Kakao, and Tik Tok have emerged as the primary spaces where people find news, according to the 2021 Reuters Digital News Report. The spread of dis/misinformation on social media today impacts elections, inter-faith relations, pandemic measures, and public trust at large.

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Wolfgang Schulz

Director, Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung   

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Nighat Dad

Executive Director
Digital Rights Foundation and member of the Facebook Oversight Board
 

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Nurma Fitrianingrum

Good Governance Project Officer at Tifa Foundation

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Chris Fei SHEN

Associate Head

City University of

Hong Kong

Facilitators

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Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director
Digital Asia Hub
 

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Dev Lewis

Research Fellow
Digital Asia Hub
 

9 February, 2023

4pm Singapore

Zoom

1 + 1 = 3: When Consumer Protection and
Digital Rights Converge

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The consumer protection movement has a long history of advocating for changes in products and services - and the terms and conditions that govern their use - in the public interest. Increasingly, their mission has had to engage with digital goods and transactions, and the new types of fraud, scams, and harms that they enable. Equally, digital rights advocates have played a key role in centring end-user rights and freedoms while challenging power and information asymmetries in the tech sector.

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Helani Galpaya

Executive Director
LIRNEAsia

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Prabhat Agarwal

Head of Unit “Digital Services and Platforms, European Commission” 

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Helena Leurent

Director General
Consumers International

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Youkyung Huh

Executive Director

 Consumers Korea

Facilitators

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Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director
Digital Asia Hub
 

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Dev Lewis

Research Fellow
Digital Asia Hub
 

7 September, 2022

10am Brussels/4pm Hong Kong

Zoom

Platform Futures:
Ex Post and Ex Ante Tools in the Regulatory Toolkit

 

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As society becomes increasingly datafied and platformised, regulators the world over are keen to address unequal bargaining power, and to promote fairer, healthier digital spaces. Australia’s News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code (NMBC) was one of the first attempts to query the fundamental business model of news media, and it inspired other governments to tackle gatekeepers and structural imbalances. Within the Asia-Pacific region, South Korea and China have launched antitrust investigations across industries. The European Union put forward the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA), proposing ex ante regulatory tools that go beyond traditional (ex post) competition/antitrust law. This panel brings together experts from Australia, the European Commission, Korea and China to discuss diverse regulatory approaches, and their implications for innovation and consumer welfare, and the future of digital platforms.

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Haksoo Ko

Professor of Law
Seoul National University

School of Law

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Karen Melchior

Member of European

Parliament

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Haiqing Yu

Professor
RMIT

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James Meese

Senior Lecturer

RMIT
 

Facilitators

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Malavika Jayaram

Executive Director
Digital Asia Hub
 

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Dev Lewis

Research Fellow
Digital Asia Hub
 

22 July, 2022 / 3pm AEST / 2022 ADM+S Symposium, RMIT

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