The COVID-19 pandemic has affected different countries at different paces, forcing industry players and regulators, along with governments, to take action to support the strategies of national governments aimed at reducing the risks and negative impact on the economy. The designated ‘three waves’ of reaction to the pandemic have required different measures: Wave 1 was to ensure stability and business continuity while containing the crisis; Wave 2 has required the development of new strategies of working and Wave 3 will be the learnings that are made to ensure resilience in the event of a similar situation.
The essential role of ICT and the digital sectors has been undisputed, enabling and supporting emergency communications, connectivity sustainability and the deployment of infrastructure in urban and rural areas. Regulators have taken a number of steps so that the continuity of services can be guaranteed. As we inch towards the Third Wave, how might these actions inform and facilitate future modernisation of current regulatory frameworks?
Regulators and policy makers from a number of ASEAN economies discussed the initiatives taken in response to the pandemic against a backdrop of consumer protection and universal access to essential information and services. Ensuring the additional demands for capacity can be answered, infrastructure protection and aid, health management apps and privacy protection, and combating disinformation will be among the list of important themes for discussion.
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Chris Chapman was appointed President of the International Institute of Communications on 1 April 2016.
Mr Chapman previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). He was appointed in February 2006 and was re-appointed for a 2nd five year term in October 2010 until April 2016. He was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007.
Mr Chapman is a seasoned executive with experience in the media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications, sports rights and infrastructure development worlds.
Before joining ACMA, Mr Chapman held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown. He has also been the Chairman of Film Australia and Sports Vision Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council.
Mr Chapman has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.
Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi bin Adbul Malek was appointed as the Chairman of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), effective 10 June 2020.
Prior to joining MCMC, Dr Fadhlullah served as the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Perdana University. Not a stranger to the Commission, Dr Fadhlullah had previously served as its Commission Member as well as its Chief Officer of Network Security, New Media Monitoring, Compliance and Advocacy.
He has served in the Ministry of Health, and was part of the web-shaper team for the Telehealth and Multipurpose Card during the early years of the Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). He later joined Telekom Malaysia Berhad, and last served as it’s Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer.
Dr Fadhlullah is a founding member of the Communications and Multimedia Content Forum (CMCF) and the Malaysia Internet Exchange (MyIX). In 2010, he moved to the Prime Minster’s Office’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PERMANDU) and served as its Director for National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) on Communication Content and Infrastructure, Agriculture and Rural Development.
A medical doctor by training, Dr Fadhlullah received his medical degree from the National University of Malaysia in 1988. He graduated with a Masters of Medicine in Public Health from the National University of Singapore in 1992, and an MA in Health Management Planning and Policy with distinction from the University of Leeds in 1996.
As Director General of Spectrum Management and Standardisation of Post and ICT, Ministry of ICT of Indonesia, Dr Ir. Ismail leads the directorate general with approximately 1500 civil servants throughout Indonesia to fulfill an effective, efficient, dynamic and optimal frequency spectrum management, as well as encouraging the use of innovative technology that meets technical requirements. Currently, He is focusing on how government could be a booster for ecosystem, particularly being a facilitator.
Dr Ismail has been with The Government of Republic of Indonesia for 25 years. Prior to his current role, he was one of the initiator of Palapa Ring, a pivotal project to connect all provinces and capital districts with high capacity national backbone.
Mr Yunus joined MCMC in May 2000 and has held various positions during this time. He has over 31 years of experience beginning as a Research Fellow doing research in the field of RF and microwave, to work experience with a local telco involving in mobile and fixed broadband networks.
Today, as the lead for MCMC’s Corporate Sector, Mr Yunus is in charge of Consumer, Parliament and International Affairs, Industry Research, Procurement and Strategic Information System. During the early days of Covid-19, he was appointed the Chairperson for MCMC’s Crisis Management Team (CMT), leading MCMC’s CMT in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic within the organisation, and also with external organisations such as the Ministry of Health, National Security Council, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, among others.
Dr Peter Lovelock is Director and co-Founder of the Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), an IT, new media and telecommunication-based think-tank with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Australia. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia.
In recent years, Dr Lovelock has provided advice to governments and companies alike regionally on digital enablement and digital transformation, including to ASEAN on its ICT Masterplan, and to APEC on the Internet and Digital Economy principles and roadmap; as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, cross border data flows and the economic impacts of data localisation, digital transactions, authentication and digital identity.
In the financial services and fintech spaces, Dr Lovelock has been involved in the establishment of new payments regulatory regimes in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Zambia, focused on facilitating fast access channels and furthering financial inclusion He has advised and authored thought leadership on blockchains, digital and crypto currencies and national payment gateways and is currently working with multilateral donor agencies on the development of regulatory financial sandboxes in several jurisdictions and national eID schemes. Dr Lovelock is advising the Central Bank of Myanmar on their QR code standardisation and adoption, and is an expert on TV White Spaces and other non-traditional connectivity options for extending access.
Dr Lovelock is an advisor to PECC on digital and internet economy developments and sits on the board of the International Institute of Communications (IIC). TRPC provides Executive Director and Secretariat support to the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) and the Asia Pacific Spectrum Innovation Group (APSIG), among others.
Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Lovelock built and ran China’s leading IT research consultancy. Prior to that, Peter worked at the ITU in Geneva.
Thomas Abell is the Chief of ADB’s Digital Technology for Development Unit, which promotes the effective use of digital technology across ADB programs to improve development impact. His team works with ADB member countries in supporting the transition to the digital economy and provides assistance across many areas, including eGovernment, tech startup ecosystems, technology policy, and industry partnerships.
Mr Abell has over 30 years of professional experience in digital technology, including technology policy and strategy, software development, and systems architecture. During his 10+ years of experience in international development, he has worked extensively across Asia, Africa and Latin America, working with governments, development organisations, NGOs and corporations.
He has authored many publications on technology innovation in development, focused mainly on education, financial inclusion and agriculture.
Mr Abell has Master’s degrees in Engineerring and Management and a Bachelors degree in Engineering from MIT.
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