APRU Internet Economy Summer Seminar

The first annual Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Internet Economy Summer Seminar was hosted by the Keio University International Center for the Internet & Society (KICIS) at Keio University’s Mita Campus in downtown Tokyo August 24 – 29. The program was funded by a generous grant from The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and was led by a faculty of academic Internet policy experts drawn from APRU member universities.

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A diverse group of APRU fellows nominated by governments in the region and a number of Japanese corporations were enrolled in the Seminar, joining an intensive program of presentations, workshops, debates, and evening dinner discussions on a range of challenges in the Internet policy space.

The APRU Internet Economy Summer Seminar has two major goals: first, to promote a greater sharing of knowledge and expertise on Internet policy issues within the Asia Pacific region and second, to strengthen and further consolidate the human networks necessary to sustain and grow a broader dialogue on Internet policy issues in regional institutions, such as APEC and ASEAN, as well as bilaterally.

The Seminar is part of a broader APRU initiative on “Governing the Internet Economy” launched in 2014 at the APRU’s 18th Annual Presidents Meeting and reflects our commitment as scholars to help shape the burgeoning regional conversation on the future of the Internet, based on sound, unbiased research and analysis of the issues. We also believe that universities in the region have a special and unique role in training and equipping the next generation of Asia Pacific leadership in the Internet policy field

The agenda for the 2015 Summer Seminar and biographic information on the APRU Faculty and Fellows participating in the program can be found here. The discussions at the Summer Seminar were under Chatham House rules and “off the record,” except as noted. The summary of the discussions presented below is offered for the most part without attribution and the positions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the APRU as an organization.

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