Thailand Symposium 2018
International Symposium on Converging Technologies & Disruptive Communications – Moving Forward
10-11 September 2018
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.
"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 INCLUDED
Building trust in digital communications and balancing data protection and privacy of the digital citizen while encouraging innovation.
Enabling safe and appropriate usage through digital literacy, education and other policies. Is a converged and coordinated approach possible?
Stimulating sustainable investment in digital communications, and how digital divides can be avoided.
Cultural considerations in a borderless world – how should policy makers react? How should industry respond?
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?
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?
Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy
Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (SNRF)
Deputy Chair & CEO, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Cluster Director (Networks,Technology & Resilience), Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore
Chairperson and CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Chief Officer, Corporate Strategy, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
Director of Content Standards, Licensing & Enforcement, Ofcom, UK
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society
Director General, International Institute of Communications
Chief Content & Media Officer, True Corporation
Chief Operations Officer, Workpoint Entertainment
Legal Counsel & Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft
Deputy CEO, GMM One TV
Public Policy & Government Relations, Google Asia Pacific
Director, Content Business, LINE Thailand
Head of Practice, Cullen International, Researcher and assistant lecturer at University of Namur
Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand
Vice President, Chulalongkorn University
Acting Head of Substructure Alliance Network Development, Advanced Info Service (AIS)
Director of Research, Future Innovative Thailand Institute (FIT); Director, Thammasat Consulting Networking and Coaching Center
Commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)
Head of Strategic Transformation, Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC)
Co-Chief Legal Officer, True Corporation Public Company Limited
Executive Director, International Affairs Bureau, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)
The Walt Disney Company; Chairman, Hong Kong Chapter, International Institute of Communications
Executive Director of Broadcasting Policy and Research Bureau, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)
Director, Strategy & Development, APAC, Netflix
As with all IIC events, there was plenty of time for delegates to meet colleagues informally during breaks in the meeting.