Unforgettable experience in APrIGF 2018

This is my third year in APrIGF, but many different experiences from last 2 years.

The overarching theme this year is “Empowering Communities in Asia Pacific to build an Affordable, Inclusive, Open and Secure Internet” and with 6 sub-themes:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Online Privacy and Protection
  • Access and Empowerment
  • Digital Economy and Emerging Internet Technologies
  • Diversity
  • Multi-stakeholder Participation in Internet Governance

I organized 1 session, and to be a speaker in the other 2 sessions.

Big Challenges in Day 2

Day 2 was full of challenges to me, but I learned a lot from colleagues in different sessions. They are more mature, more wisely.

In the morning of day 2, Yesuel Kim organized a session talks about Biomedical and Medical data usage in Asia Pacific region. This topic is more about privacy protection and business ethics. And other remote speakers talked about regulations or laws about health data governance in their countries. In this session, I introduced the National Health Insurance Research Database and some government support health data programs now or in the future in Taiwan.

In the afternoon, Yesuel Kim, Ali Hussain, Srinivasan Ramakrishnan (Ramki, remote speaker, and co-moderator) and I had a session with cross-border data and contents regulation in Asia Pacific region. This topic should be more about regulation and cross-border data transmission security.

We talked about the data transmission and some internet issue with jurisdictions. Ali talked about blockchain development and concepts. I prepared 3 questions, but I didn’t have any chance to ask them. Participants would like to talk more issues about IP blocking, IoT data transmission security and the awareness. We have another issue is about content regulation in Asia Pacific region, so some attendees also talked about censorship or government’s attitude to internet governance. I was glad people also talked about the data protection awareness. We had talked about the data standardization, wearable devices and health or biomedical data transmission in the morning, and in the afternoon, we also talk about the secure with IoT devices, besides wearable devices, cameras, TVs, some toys with internet connection, data transmissions, also with child safety care. Then, they also talk about the standardization for IoT devices, and IETF. Actually, we need more connections with technical people in the IGF conference, to exchange different opinions.

In the evening, I had another session with e-government. Maureen Hilyard organized this workshop with more empowerment and access issues. I had some feedback from people in Vanuatu and Australia in the workshop, and the most interesting is I can see the gap between different ages. Young people don’t want to be behind the development, they want to improve everything in their country, make the process of public administration more fluently and consistency. In the other side, aged people are worried about they will have digital gaps in every online process, or people need help in some rural countries, maybe government can send one person to help those people who don’t know how to use or not familiar with use internet services.

At the end of the workshop, we can know the e-government development history of Singapore. And, I had 2 minutes to introduce the best practice, about re-design the taxation interface with mutilstakeholder mechanism in this year in Taiwan.

More Connections, more collaborations with bottom-up mechanism

This my third year in APrIGF, I see many different issues in different countries or regions. People from different countries, had collaborations in this platform and connection with other participants, interactions with attendees. But we need more people in technical communities to propose or engage with policy discussions.

We need more connection, collaboration with other countries. I still remember a lunch time conversation in APrIGF 2017, some attendees talked about different region cooperation. We hardly to see government in East Asia, South Asia, North Asia, or Pacific countries have any cooperation, mostly in multi-literal mechanism. But civil societies in different countries or regions, they collaborate some projects together, and more easily. Perhaps government cooperation needs to think about more politics, different cultures, but communities can work together and connect to each other easily, and better than intergovernable organizations.

APrIGF is a good platform to connect with people with other countries in Asia. Many people from other countries had been to Taiwan to attend APrIGF 2016 or APNIC 44, some people were in APrIGF 2017 in Bangkok. I can see different issues in different region each time I attend in APrIGF. Next year, APrIGF 2019 will be in Vladivostok, Russia. I am looking forward it.