Asia Internet Symposium, Bangkok 2013

Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (or TPP) and the future of the Knowledge Economy: Prospects for Thailand


As the first Thailand AIS, Internet Society has chosen a topic on Knowledge Economy and free trade agreement i.e. specifically exploring the implications of emerging issues surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This is also a timely discussion for the country in its lead up to its negotiation and possible entry into TPP Agreement in the near future.

The half day event will focus on understanding the instruments and mechanics of TPP and the role of free trade agreements in enhancing innovation and creativity in the Digital Age i.e. creating a Knowledge Economy. In addition, there will also be a study on the cross cutting implications of TPP across various sectors (ISP, education, programmers, legal, business, telecom industry, etc.)

Areas covered includes:

  • Case study of New Zealand experiences pre/post TPP membership
  • Emerging issues in international trade treaty for free market agreement, Intellectually Property, Electronic Commerce, etc. (TRIP, WTO, bi-lateral, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA.)
  • The building blocks of the Knowledge or Digital Economy
  • Internet Society Perspectives on the evolution of the Internet and recommendations.

Objective: Public discussion and collective formation of viewpoints from various interest groups to develop a position paper to be submitted to policy makers.

Who Should Attend: The event targets various groups: policy makers, IP professionals, ICT, ISPs, Law enforcement, regulator, business and legal communities, healthcare and education sectors.

The symposium is open to Internet Society members and the general public. Entry is free and lunch is also provided for all attendees.

List of speakers:

Susan Chalmer, Internet NZ (enclosed)
Moderator: Duangthip Chomprang, Internet Society
Internet Society Representatives
Rajnesh D. Singh, Internet Society Asia-Pacific Bureau
Frederic Donck, Internet Society European Bureau


8:30 – 9:00Registration 
9:00 – 9:30Opening Remark: Rajnesh D. Singh
Introduction to AIS: TPP background and information
Building Blocks of a Knowledge Economy
By Duangthip Chomprang
(Internet Society Asia-Pacific)
9:30 -10:30TPP and the New Zealand Case Study
Susan Chalmer, Internet NZ: IP expert and TPP Working Group
10:30 -10:45Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:45Open Public Discussion (moderated)
Internet Society Perspectives and recommendations – Frederic Donck – Internet Society Bureau Director: European Bureau
– Rajnesh D. Singh –Internet Society Regional Director: Asia-Pacific
13:00 – 14:00Closing and lunch
Date and Time

09:00 – 13:00

Wednesday 06 November 2013


Intercontinental Hotel, Bangkok (Platinum 1)

Bangkok, Thailand