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Draft Agenda, subject to change

Day 1: Thursday, November 18




Opening Session

Welcome Remarks, AMIC

Keynote: Girija Pande, Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services Asia Pacific

ISOC address: Jon McNerney, COO, Internet Society


Morning Break


Session I: The Internet Today

This session explores the current Internet, and how its use and value has evolved since being made available to the general public. It will highlight some of the challenges and opportunities as the Internet scales towards a user base of 2 billion and beyond

  • The History of the Internet: 40 years in 14 minutes
    Harish Pillay, Chief Technology Architect, Red Hat Asia-Pacific
  • Moving the bits: how Internet access and delivery platforms have evolved
    Par Botes, Chief Technology Officer for Asia-Pacific and Japan, EMC Corporation, Singapore
  • The Internet as an agent of social change
    Dr. Madanmohan Rao, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Internet Handbook, India
  • Bridging the Digital Divide: Empowering Communities, Transforming Communities
    Osama Manzar, Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation, India


Lunch Break


Session II: Emerging Issues

This session explores some of the emerging issues on the Internet today which could affect Internet use and growth, and may impact its future shape

  • Cyber security and the socio-political landscape - going beyond the technology
    Freddy Tan, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft and Vice-Chairperson, Board of Directors, (ISC) Singapore
  • Network confidence – privacy, trust and the Internet
    Christine Runnegar, Senior Public Policy Manager, Internet Society, Switzerland
  • Scaling and securing the Internet: – IPv6, DNSSEC
    German Valdez, Communications Director, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), Australia
  • Multilingualism of the Internet: an Abbreviated History
    Dr Tan Tin Wee, National University of Singapore


Afternoon Break


Session III: Ensuring the Future of the Internet

This roundtable session explores some of the steps being taken to ensure that the Internet of the future is one that can be inherently trusted by users, and that will continue to be the communications medium of choice, breeding innovation, progress and socio-economic development.

The panellists will explore the following questions:

  • What are the top three issues currently facing the Internet as it evolves to become the default medium of communications globally?
  • What steps need to be taken to address these issues, and by whom?
  • How do you see the Internet in 2015? What will it look like and how will we be using it?

Chair: Prof. Peng Hwa Ang, Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre


  • Dr. Madanmohan Rao, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Internet Handbook, India
  • Mr David Siah, Director - Strategic Account Management, CrimsonLogic, Singapore
  • Dr Bernard Leong, co-Founder and CTO, Chalkboard, Singapore
  • Osama Sehgol, Co-founder, TimeSvr, Singapore
  • Rajnesh Singh, Head, Regional Bureau for Asia, Internet Society

Moderator: Grace Chng, Editor, Digital Life, The Straits Times, Singapore



Day 2: Friday, November 19




Welcome and Introduction

Welcome Remarks, AMIC
Introduction of Workshops and Facilitators


Workshop I: Mobile Internet and Innovation

Sometime in the future, the 21st century may well be looked back at as the cellular age, going by the phenomenal increase in mobile phone usage worldwide. The "cellular age" we are living in now is fast accelerating, with mobile phones magnifying our larger identity in both individual and collective domains and in various social, cultural and economic contexts. Developing countries in particular have seen tremendous growth with India alone having adding up to 20 million subscribers per month, and positive growth trends are being experienced throughout the Asia Pacific region. Today's mobile phones are multi-functional devices capable of much more than making calls on the go. Many innovative applications and services have been brought to the mobile phone platform - from allowing physicians to review patient records on-the-go to alerting drivers of available parking spaces - in addition to the highly popular texting and, more recently, surfing the Internet. This session explores how the mobile platform can be used to bring Internet access to the masses, and with it access to broadband and computing resources. It will also look at some of the issues related to this in the multi-cultural and linguistically diverse societies of the Asia Pacific

Access, Mobile, Broadband, ICT4D, Convergence, Mobile Applications, Innovation

Osama Manzar, Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation, India and Convener mBillionth Mobile Awards


Morning Break


Workshop II: Cyber security and the socio-political landscape - going beyond the technology

Today, emerging issues around online security go beyond the threats to technology and its vulnerabilities. The threats are compounded by nation states engaging in cyber war as well as on-line criminals committing fraud for financial gain. With more people globally coming online and becoming Internet savvy, there is an associated political and social impact. We are also beginning to see the rise of the use of new media for politically motivated objectives as well as the growth of the social aspects of networking, leading to new forms of manipulation and exploitation. Cyber security is no longer just about protecting servers and networks from malware, Denial-of-Service and online compromise of information. The boundaries of cyber security have grown into the political and social space, and this session discusses some of the big picture issues that affect us today

Security, Privacy, Intellectual Property Rights, Cyber War, Regulation, Social Networks, New Media

Freddy Tan, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft, Singapore


Establishing an Internet Society Singapore Chapter

An ever increasing number of Internet Society chapters are forming around the world. Local chapters enhance, exchange, and initiate debate of Internet-related issues on a local or regional level using a multi-stakeholder approach. They also help to raise general awareness of the role of the Internet and enable the point of view of the Internet community to play a key role in decision-making processes. This session will outline the requirements for establishing an ISOC chapter and explore whether there is interest in forming an ISOC chapter in Singapore

Rajnesh Singh, Head, Regional Bureau for Asia, Internet Society




In Parallel with Workshops IV and V

Workshop III: iOS app development workshop Presented by AMIC and PurpleTalk, Inc

Learn all about building exciting mobile applications for today's most popular platform (iOS) and its devices: Apple's iPhone, iPod touch & and iPad. The objective of this workshop is to get you up to speed on the basics; including the Cocoa programming environment, the Xcode suite of tools, the Objective-C language and Instruments- a tool to help debug your applications. Once you are proficient in all this, you'll be able to create real iPhone applications. All you need is familiarity with the Mac, basic experience with object-oriented programming (such as Java or C++) and an understanding of pointers and C syntax.

What will I learn?

  • Get familiar with all the tools for developing for the iPhone
  • Build an iPhone application, compile it, and get it onto a device
  • Debug common problems and use the development environment
  • Scan the iPhone's documentation for pieces you want to use in your application
  • Learn where to get more information about iPhone development
  • Develop the confidence to take a simple project from start to finish

Who should attend?

  • Experienced programmers interested in iPhone application development
  • People new to Mac development and iPhone development

What should I bring with me?

  • A Mac laptop
  • An iPhone or iPod touch or an iPad (optional)
  • Prerequisites

    • Basic programming knowledge, including object-oriented programming experience, such as Java or Visual Studio
    • An understanding of pointers and C syntax
    • Familiarity with the Mac
    • Xcode and the iPhone SDK installed on your Mac laptop


    iOS Applications, Apple Software Development


    Sridhar Muppidi, Founder & CEO of Purple Talk, Inc, India


    In Parallel with Workshop III

    Workshop IV: Social Media in Asia: Trends and Tips Presented by AMIC

    Social media and community formations, not just traditional media, hold the key to success in the global knowledge economy of the 21st century. Social media - in the form of LinkedIn, WikiPedia, Flickr, FaceBook, Twitter and so on - are changing the way organisations and individuals learn about their environments, conduct campaigns, manage projects, and build external support. This workshop focuses on the evolution of online and social media, participatory online communities, creating a Web presence in social media, and leveraging social narratives. Case studies will be provided of organisational use of social media in corporate, educational, government and civil society settings.


    Person-to-person, narratives, archives, multimedia modes, network effects, knowledge sharing


    Madanmohan Rao, Editor, The Asia-Pacific Internet Handbook, India


    Afternoon Break


    In Parallel with Workshop III

    Workshop V: Social Networking Attacks: Protecting Against Lifestyle Hacking (DEMO)

    Presented by (ISC)2 and ISOC

    Social Media and Social Networks have become pervasive online activities with research statistics showing a marked increase in the use of social networking in the last few years - more so in emerging and developing countries. Research also shows that social networks are being used by both individuals and business, and in personal and professional/corporate environments. However, this newer generation of users appear to have lesser concerns with security on social networks.

    Most of the social network population are called "Gen-Y" which is derived from "Generation Y", also called the Millenial Generation, Generation Next, Internet Generation or Net Generation since they were born in or have grown up during a period of constant access to technology (computer, cell phones, Internet). They are typically 15-35 years of age, are accustomed to an environment in which it is "easy to find" and "easy to share" via the Internet using today's powerful search engines and other modern Internet-based technologies and applications.

    The typical behavior of this generation has less emphasis on personal data, privacy and identity management then previous generations. This opens up the risk for identity theft, social network based phishing attacks (including for example using short URLs) and other advanced information gathering techniques. The sum of these can be used for personal attacks as well as for criminal activity targeting a wider group - including corporate attacks. The resulting consequences can impact both individuals and businesses, and represents an emerging issue that needs to be considered as the use of social networks continues to grow and becomes further ingrained as part of everyday life.

    This session will provide a live demo of social networking based attacks and information gathering techniques, and provides practical information on things you should watch out for to help protect your online lifestyle.

    This workshop session is kindly sponsored by (ISC)2


    Prinya Hom-anek
    ITIL Expert, CompTIA Security+, IRCA: ISMS Lead Auditor
    (ISC)2 Asian Advisory Board, ISACA Thailand Committee,
    Thailand Information Security Association (TISA) Committee,
    ACIS Professional Center Co., Ltd., President and Founder


    Wrap-up and Vote of Thanks