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Asia Internet Symposium, Islamabad 2014


Symposium Details

  •  When: Saturday, 10 May 2014
  •  Time:10.30 – 14.00 hours (local time, UTC +5)
  •  Where: Islamabad Serena Hotel



This era of digital age or information-based societies is bringing a fundamental transformation in relationships within societies and bridges cultures, individuals, businesses, governments and indeed the wider community at large. It is expected that regional and cross border cooperation will continue to grow as traditional geographic boundaries become largely symbolic in the face of the Internet and technologies, applications and services it enables. As we rapidly embrace the digital age with innovation and creativity enabling and enhancing what we do and how we do it, it is important and timely to look into larger governance issues around these information and communication medium and particularly the Internet.

Internet governance subjects such as management of critical resources, Security and Privacy, Access and Diversity, Piracy and Innovation, Content Regulation, Network Neutrality and Internet for Development have provided the need for a new working agenda for developing and developed nations and calls for multi-stakeholder collaboration in achieving what is truly possible with the empowering nature of the Internet. Much more attention is being placed on multi-stakeholder dialogue about the Internet and its future – and this is being pursued globally, regionally and locally.

The Internet Society's Asia Internet Symposium Islamabad will provide an opportunity for focused discussions on topical and current Internet Governance topics and include multi-stakeholder dialogue on building a strong future for the Internet in the country. With a recent rise in Broadband Internet penetration and improving digital literacy ratio in Pakistan, the Internet is regarded as the right tool for innovation, social empowerment, economic development and future progress of the community at large.

The following key points will be considered in determining the following with regards to Internet Governance in Pakistan:

               -  Identifying key issues of focus for Internet Governance in Pakistan. Leveraging best practices and experiences from global, regional and national Internet Governance Forums. Use of the Internet and all that it enables for social and economic empowerment.

               -  Identify challenges and opportunities for collaboration among the Stakeholders to ensure the continued evolution and growth of the Internet.

 Participants / Invitees 

  • Representatives from Internet Industry.
  • Representative from Government Institutues.
  • Representatives from Academic Institutes.
  • Representative from Technical Community.
  • Representatives from ITES (IT Enabled Services) Companies.
  • Civil Society Organizations.
  • Technology Media.




10:15 -10:30 

Registration / Participants to be seated

10:30 - 10:40

Welcome and Event highlights, ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter

10:40 - 10:50

  Speech by Chief Guest:  

  Dr. Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority       


10:50 - 11:00

Opening Remarks:
Rajnesh Singh, Internet Society, Asia-Pacific Bureau

11:00 - 11:10

Key Note (Access and Internet Resources)
Muhammad Amir Malik, Member (IT), Ministry of IT & Telecom

11:10 - 11.20

Key Note (Multilingualism and Diversity)
Dr. Sarmad Hussain, Professor and Head, Center for Language Engineering

11:20 - 11.30

Key Note (Privacy and Freedom of Speech)
Wahaj us Siraj, Chief Executive Officer, NayaTel Limited.

11:30 - 11.40

Key Note (Social and Economic Development)
Parvez Iftikhar, International ICT Consultant

11:40 - 12.15

Session Wrap up and Networking Break 

12:15 - 13:30

Moderated Panel Discussion with

Ameen Sharif, CTO, ITnIS Consulting (Moderator)

Muhammad Aslam Hayat, Chief Corporate Office, Telenor Pakistan 

Badar Khushnood, Google Pakistan Country Consultant  

Fouad Riaz Bajwa, Internet Policy Analyst 

Ali Asghar ,Director General, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

Khurram Rahat, Managing Director, Teradata Pakistan

Naveed Haq, Internet Society

13:30- 14:00

Question & Answer Session and Note of Thanks

14:00 - 15:30


Live Streaming

A webcast of the event can be viewed here.

Symposium Report

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