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Thailand Symposium 2018

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International Symposium on Converging Technologies &  Disruptive Communications – Moving Forward

10-11 September 2018
Bangkok, thailand


Kindly hosted by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand

We were delighted to be working with the NBTC on this symposium. We debated with international and national experts who discussed the prevailing conditions and projected developments in the digital ecosystem, and considered regulatory policies and actions that might be effected in the field of broadcasting and telecommunications in an environment of converging technologies and disruptive communications.

Day one synopsis

The International Symposium on Converging Technologies and Disruptive Communications, opened with an outline of the objectives of the two day meeting and a welcome ceremony with the NBTC Chairman.

The first keynote was made by the Secretary General of the NBTC, Takorn Tantasith, who outlined the opportunities offered by digital convergence to society/the economy and the challenges for policy makers, in particular in the area of data privacy but also competition policy, which may no longer be fit for purpose.

There followed a day of discussion about how content business models must change to address impacts of disruptive technologies on audiences and revenues with speakers from national companies as well as the Canadian and UK regulators, touching on local content, news and media plurality. The meeting went on to consider changes in the relationship between market access and the value chain, with a presentation by Antonio Nicita, Commissioner at the Italian regular (AGCOM) and a session on infrastructure and the fact that disruptive technologies call for adaptive and adaptable policies.

image1"It’s happening so we need to manage the results of disruptive technologies" to paraphrase the IIC final session on business models. Representatives from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Netflix and national content producers discussed self-regulation and the need for cooperation.

Day two synopsis

Thee second day of the IIC Symposium delved further into issues of diversity and cultural considerations, noting empowerment in digital transformation is an issue for all stakeholders in the digital ecosystem.

The closing session of the IIC Symposium in Bangkok was a tour of developing policy for Digital Transformation – it was agreed it needs to be fair, appropriate and cooperative, allowing for innovation and online safety. 

See programme and speakers presentations here


PANEL DISCUSSION THEMES INCLUDE

Content Delivery: The economic and social benefits of good policy making

Content Delivery: The economic and social benefits of good policy making

Building trust in digital communications and balancing data protection and privacy of the digital citizen while encouraging innovation.

Empowering the digital user – roles of regulators, government and industry

Empowering the digital user – roles of regulators, government and industry

Enabling safe and appropriate usage through digital literacy, education and other policies. Is a converged and coordinated approach possible?

Enabling Digital Infrastructure for enhanced connectivity and accessibility

Enabling Digital Infrastructure for enhanced connectivity and accessibility

Stimulating sustainable investment in digital communications, and how digital divides can be avoided.

Fragmentation to Survive: A Comparative View

Fragmentation to Survive: A Comparative View

Cultural considerations in a borderless world – how should policy makers react? How should industry respond?

The Current Content Landscape

The Current Content Landscape

How is the face of content changing across different platforms? Where are the opportunities for growth and innovation in the content market – do they exist?

The Transformation of Industry

The Transformation of Industry

What are the new business and policy models which will add value and opportunity for all? What are the arguments for and against a new policy environment for OTT and access providers?


keynote speakers

Antonio Nicita (Prof)

Antonio Nicita (Prof)

Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy

Celene Craig

Celene Craig

Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Chairperson, European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)

Creina Chapman

Creina Chapman

Deputy Chair & CEO, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

Harin Grewal

Harin Grewal

Cluster Director (Networks,Technology & Resilience), Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore

Ian Scott

Ian Scott

Chairperson and CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Nur Sulyna Abdullah

Nur Sulyna Abdullah

Chief Officer, Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

Tony Close

Tony Close

Director of Content Standards, Licensing & Enforcement, Ofcom, UK

panel SPEAKERS

Ajarin Pattanapanchai

Ajarin Pattanapanchai

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society

Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Director General, International Institute of Communications

Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya

Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya

Chief Content & Media Officer, True Corporation

Chalakorn Panyashom

Chalakorn Panyashom

Chief Operations Officer, Workpoint Entertainment

Desarack Teso

Desarack Teso

Legal Counsel & Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft

Dew Waratangtrakoon

Dew Waratangtrakoon

Deputy CEO, GMM One TV

Gilles Demptos

Gilles Demptos

Public Policy & Government Relations, Google Asia Pacific

Joe Welch

Joe Welch

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Asia, 21st Century Fox; Chairman, Hong Kong Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Kawin Tangudtaisak

Kawin Tangudtaisak

Director, Content Business, LINE Thailand

Michele Ledger

Michele Ledger

Head of Practice, Cullen International, Researcher and assistant lecturer at University of Namur

Natee Sukonrat (Col. Dr )

Natee Sukonrat (Col. Dr )

Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand

Pirongrong Ramasoota Rananand (Prof)

Pirongrong Ramasoota Rananand (Prof)

Vice President, Chulalongkorn University

Sohni Kaur

Sohni Kaur

Director, Strategy & Development, APAC, Netflix

Surachai Hirannitichai

Surachai Hirannitichai

Acting Head of Substructure Alliance Network Development, Advanced Info Service (AIS)

Suthikorn Kingkaew (Dr)

Suthikorn Kingkaew (Dr)

Director of Research, Future Innovative Thailand Institute (FIT); Director, Thammasat Consulting Networking and Coaching Center

Thawatchai Jittrapanun

Thawatchai Jittrapanun

Commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

Thibaut Girard

Thibaut Girard

Head of Strategic Transformation, Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC)

Watee Powtong

Watee Powtong

Co-Chief Legal Officer, True Corporation Public Company Limited

Notachard Chintakanond

Notachard Chintakanond

Executive Director, International Affairs Bureau, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)

Pasu Srihirun

Pasu Srihirun

Executive Director of Broadcasting Policy and Research Bureau, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)


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