Digital Economy

Reflecting the growing importance of the Internet, the 2014 APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting agreed to work on a joint Initiative on “Digital Economy”. The goal is to bring the academic community in the region into stronger contact with other members of the multi-stakeholder community concerned with the future development of the Internet.   The Keio University International Center for the Internet & Society (KICIS) was selected to develop and coordinate APRU programs under this Initiative.

The APRU has strong capability in the field of Internet science with almost one third of all inductees of the Internet Hall of Fame affiliated to member universities. All East Asian and South East Asian inductees have either studied or worked at a member institution. This result is even outnumbered by APRU-affiliated laureates of the IEEE Internet Award: more than half of the laureates have studied or worked at APRU member universities. Mobilizing the intellectual resources of key universities in the Asia-Pacific on an Internet Economy and Governance agenda is a key challenge that APRU is uniquely positioned to address.

The APRU initiative on the “Digital Economy” reflects APRU’s commitment to help shape the burgeoning regional conversation on the future of the Internet, based on sound, unbiased research and analysis of the issues. It supports the believe that universities in the region have a special and unique role to conduct research research, outreach and capacity building in this area including training and equipping the next generation of Asia Pacific leadership in the Internet policy field.

Asia and Europe Dialogue on Growing the Digital Economy

November 6-7, 2017APRU announced the Asia and Europe Dialogue on Growing the Digital Economy in partnership with The Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy. The Association hosted the event at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University, Washington D.C, to build on its strength and interest in digitization.

The Dialogue explored ways to spur development of the emerging Digital Economy, bringing together Asian and European research. It featured discussions and talks from both governments, experts, and leaders from the private-sector policy circles on the tools needed to manage the developing Digital Economy.

The first in a series, this event in November preceded further discussion at the following sessions in Tokyo (Spring 2018) and Brussels (Fall 2018).

3rd APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite Report

The 2017 APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite was the third in a series of programs launched in 2015 under the leadership of Keio University and the Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy (APIDE).

The Offsite took place at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, from 25-26 May, 2017 with the cooperation of Stanford’s US-Asia Technology Management Center.

The meeting brought together top academic experts on the Digital Economy from the APRU member universities matching academic experts with senior business executives from companies that are at the center of growth and innovation in the region’s Digital Economy.


Over the course of the two-day program, the academics and business representatives exchanged views in a highly interactive environment on the key challenges of the emerging Digital Economy in the Asia Pacific regions. The dialogue took place under the Chatham House rule.

2nd APRU Summer Seminar on the Digital Economy

The 2nd APRU Digital Economy Summer Seminar hosted by Keio University in partnership with APIDE (the Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy) took place this year in downtown Tokyo and Nagano Prefecture from 21st - 26th August 2016

Digital Economy

The Seminar was attended by 16 APRU Digital Economy Summer Seminar Fellows, representing eight governments in the Asia Pacific region including Japan, China, Korea, the United States, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Over 25 APRU university-affiliated faculty contributed to the Seminar while Industry representatives from the Aspen Institute, NTT Corporation, Biz Mobile, the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC), the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN), and Google also participated. 

2016 APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite Conference Report

26376637503_630c466fa9_o.jpgDelegates of the 2nd APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite Meeting

2016 APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite Report 

The 2nd APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite took place on April 11 – 12 2016 at the International House of Japan in downtown Tokyo. The event was attended by over 50 academic, business, government and civil society leaders in the Asia Pacific region, and was hosted and organized by Keio University in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy (APIDE).

The theme of the 2016 Offsite was the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. Panel sessions taking place over a day and half, conducted under Chatham House rules, were divided into six sessions. Discussions focused on whether the provisions of this currently still controversial trade agreement (now embracing 12 nations in the region and over 40 percent of global trade) amounts to “a new Digital Economic agenda” for the Asia Pacific region. 

2nd APRU Digital Economy Business Off-Site


The second annual APRU Digital Economy Business Off-Site meeting, hosted by Keio University and the Asia Pacific Institute for the Digtial Economy will be held at the International Houe of Japan from 10th to 12th April 2016.

The meeting will bring together leading figures from academia, industry and government organisations to examine the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and its implications for the Digital Economy in the Asia Pacific Region and the challenges it may pose for growing the Digital Economy globally and in Asia. For more information please see the conference web site.

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.

Click here to view photos from the program. 

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.