Datum/Zeit 27.11.2015 | 9:00 - 15:00 ical | gcal

Location Hong Kong Country Club, 188 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong


The Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC) will host its annual public conference “Internet & Society: Emerging Topics and Research Communities”, on 27 November 2015 in Hong Kong.

Existing and potential research efforts around online expression, data privacy, the Internet of Things, digital currencies, and many other issues are only a few of the open questions that our academic community continues to investigate. Trade-offs between opportunities for innovation and the need to preserve individuals’ fundamental rights call for reflection and examination based on empirical evidence.

The NoC annual meeting will be an opportunity to identify and highlight key innovations in the Internet & society domain, exploring emerging global issues as well as region-specific topics in Asia, and will include a forward-looking discussion of NoC research projects and their future evolution. Further, the meeting will be an occasion to enhance mutual knowledge and cooperation within the NoC community of Centers and researchers, and to deliberate on the future of Internet & Society as a discipline and the impact of the NoC.


We highly appreciate your attendance at this significant event for the NoC and are grateful for an indication of whether you wish to attend by sending an e-mail to: contact@networkofcenters.net by 26th October. Please note that, due to limited capacity of the venue, attendants will be confirmed in a first come – first served mode.

Structure and agenda

Note: Times are subject to change.

Friday, 27 Nivember 2015

09:00 AM Arrival
09:10 AM – 09.30 AM Welcoming Remarks

Allen Chan, Host and Digital Asia Hub, Hong Kong

Juan Carlos de Martin, Nexa Center for Internet and Society,Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Lightning Talk

Pindar Wong, Former Member, Digital 21 Strategic Advisory Committee, Government of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM Session I – Digital Asia Challenges and Opportunities

The next billion Internet users will come from emerging economies, particularly those in Asia. With an eye to the launch of the Digital Asia Hub, a non-profit think tank based in Hong Kong, this session will explore both the challenges and opportunities in Asia’s evolving digital ecosystem including selected issues at the infrastructure, protocol, and content layers. The session will attempt to address questions such as: where does or could Asia play a particular role, e.g., looking at trends such as the Internet of Things and, more generally, ‘smart cities’? Are some of the issues particular to the region? Or are there specific ways actors in the region engage with Internet-related issues? What can “Asia,” in its broad diversity, teach the rest of the world when addressing current/pressing Internet and society issues?

Opening remarks (and wrap-up): Lokman Tsui, Digital Asia Hub, Hong Kong


Ang Peng Hwa, Singapore Internet Research Centre, Singapore

Pirongrong Ramasoota, Media Policy Center at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

K.S. Park, Korea Law School, Korea

Open discussion, moderated by Urs Gasser, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Coffee break
10:45 AM – 12:00 AM Session II – Global Research Updates and Areas of Collaboration

This session will attempt to identify open issues and possible connection points between research endeavors under construction across the world. The first part of the session will focus on one topic currently under investigation by researchers within the NoC: online hate speech governance and its regulation in distinct contexts. India will serve as an example to prompt discussion of legal/regulatory struggles related to hate speech, and provide an opportunity to explore non-legal countermeasures to hate speech. The second part of the session will begin with an open call for collaboration to other NoC Centers. Participants are encouraged to share research updates and flag opportunities for collaboration, including on topics such as recent developments around data protection, the impact of digital currencies, ICT4D, etc.

Note: NoC partners who can not be in Hong Kong are encouraged to share pre-conference inputs for this session, which will be presented by the session moderator.

Opening remarks: chinmayi Arun, Center for Communication Governance, National Law University Dehli, India


Michael L. Best, United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society, China

Sandra Cortesi, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA

Felix Krupar, Hans-Bredow Institute, Germany

Open discussion, moderated by Julian Thomas, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, University of Swineburne, Australia

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Vision and Ideas for 2016/17

Launched in 2012, the NoC encompasses more than 50 Centers, with approximately 140 participants from across the world. In this last session, the outcomes of session I and session II will inform a discussion on the future of the NoC both as a hub for emerging projects and as a global community of researchers. As a starting point, visual representations of the current NoC composition will be presented. This will be an opportunity to discuss a roadmap for the NoC in 2016 and 2017, including expected long term impacts/outcomes of the NoC.

Opening remarks (and Wrap-up): Juan Carlos de Martin, Nexa Center for Internet and Society, Politecnico di Torino, Italy


Herbert Burkert, Research Center for Information Law, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Catherina Maracke, Keio International Center for Internet & Society, Japan

Wolfgang Schulz, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Germany

Open discussion, moderated by Urs Gasser, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Wrap-up and reflections

Format & Moderator TBC.