AIC welcomes two new members: Salesforce and LinkedIn

AIC welcomes two new members: Salesforce and LinkedIn

23 Aug 2013, SINGAPORE – The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) welcomes two new members, and LinkedIn, joining: eBay, Facebook, Google and Yahoo!. The industry association seeks to promote the understanding and resolution of Internet policy issues in the Asia Pacific region.

“The group thrives by presenting a united voice as an industry, promoting a free and open internet”, says Steven Liew, Chairman of the AIC. “Salesforce and LinkedIn both expand our narrative, with a strong commercial offering, alongside our existing search, social media, eCommerce and entertainment offerings.”

“We are excited to be a part of the internet coalition pioneering the future of business across Asia.” –

“LinkedIn is pleased to be part of the AIC and looks forward to promoting internet access and usage across the globe as we seek to fulfill our mission of connecting the world’s professionals and make them more productive and successful.” – LinkedIn

The Coalition now boasts some of the biggest names in the Internet industry and aims to leverage its collective strength to engage governments across Asia to advance its policy goals.

For more information, please contact:
Dr John Ure
Executive Director
Asia Internet Coalition

AIC Comments on the Draft Cybercrime Law for Cambodia

AIC Comments on the Draft Cybercrime Law for Cambodia

  1. We encourage the Government of Cambodia to ensure that criminal offenses be subject to an
    individual’s intent and not just based on whether or not that individual has authorization to
    conduct an activity. We also encourage the Government of Cambodia to include strong
    intermediary liability protections so that web companies are not held liable for content posted by
    third parties. Furthermore, definitions about what content is illegal should be made explicit so that
    legitimate expression is not stifled.
  2. Article 3: The scope extends to service providers and individuals outside of Cambodia but
    without any reference to jurisdiction. For the Law to be enforceable, it should either reference the
    mechanism(s) through which the Law will be enforced (e.g. through MLAT) or it should not
    attempt to extend extraterritorially.
  3. Article 23: This offense is very broad. Typically there are exceptions for these kinds of clauses
    which should be added here. Uncertainty in this area could prevent companies which handle user
    data from establishing offices or building local data centres.
  4. Article 24: Most of the criminal offenses are based on a model that someone has done something
    without “authorization/right”. What the offenses lack is a clear demonstration that the offense was
    committed with intent. For example, if someone accesses a file accidentally that they do not have
    authorization to access, it would not be fair to punish them as if they had intentionally accessed
    that file that they knew they did not have authorization to access. We encourage strong intent
    requirements to be added to criminal offenses.
  5. Article 28: This article is troubling as it could be used to limit legitimate forms of online
    expression. The definitions for offenses are not sufficiently clear for a user to know when content
    are illegal. This article does not reference any intermediary liability protections which ensure that
    platforms hosting content are not held liable for content posted by a user. Intermediary liability
    protections should be added to this article.
  6. Article 29: We suggest the inclusion of a safe harbour regime that protects online intermediaries
    from liability for offenses committed by third parties such as but not limited to copyright and
    fraud, as long as there is a reasonable notice and take down framework in place.
  7. Article 30: we suggest further defining (1) the intent to commit fraud and (2) fraud itself a bit
    more clearly. As such, we recommend the following change: Should an individual or organization
    purposefully seek to cause a loss of property to another individual or organization by committing
    fraud, or a wrongful or criminally deceptive act intended to result in financial or personal gain for
    oneself or another, through a computer system (such as inputting, altering or deleting critical data
    and/or interfering with the functioning of a computer system), this individual or organization shall
    be sentenced from 03 years to 12 years and fined from six million Riel (6,000,000) to twenty four
    million Riel (24,000,000).

AIC Comments on the Proposed Regulatory Regime for Stored Value Facilities and Retail Payment Systems in Hong Kong

The Proposed Regulatory Regime for Stored Value Facilities and Retail Payment Systems in Hong Kong

The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) appreciates the opportunity to submit our views and comments to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) on the Proposed Regulatory Regime for Stored Value Facilities and Retail Payment Systems in Hong Kong (Consultation Paper).

The AIC is an industry association comprising eBay, Facebook, Google, Salesforce and Yahoo! as its members. We support the stated policy objectives in the Consultation Paper that are driving the intent to develop a new regime for regulating Stored Value Facilities (SVF) and Retail Payment Systems (RPS). In particular we welcome the specific acknowledgement of Hong Hong’s existing status as an International Finance Centre (IFC) and its position as the global market leader in retail payment products and services.

A report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)1 found that the internet has contributed HK$96 billion in  2009, representing 5.9 percent of Hong Kong’s GDP. This share is likely to grow by 7 percent annually – contributing 7.2 percent of GDP in 2015 – faster than then forecast GDP growth of 4 percent, reaching HK$146 billion by 2015.

The Internet has allowed millions of trade and financial service enterprises of all shapes and sizes to revolutionize the way in which they interact with and ultimately grow their customer base.

The report further notes that the Internet will continue to be a significant driver of Hong Kong’s future economic growth; driving sales and lowering costs for online businesses as more consumers turn to the Internet to research and transact.

It is important to note that Hong Kong has achieved the status as an IFC and the impressive numbers cited above by acting as an Internet pioneer. Hong Kong’s light touch approach to Internet regulation has facilitated the emergence of innovative and evolving business models.

The AIC urges the HKMA to continue a restrained approach when finalizing the regulatory regime for SVF and RPS so as not to stifle Hong Kong’s thriving digital economy.

Read the comments: AIC Comments on the Proposed Regulatory Regime for Stored Value Facilities and Retail Payment Systems in Hong Kong

AIC Welcomes Its Inaugural India Fellows

AIC Welcomes Its Inaugural India Fellows

The Asia Internet Coalition is pleased to announce its two Fellows, Shehla Rashid Shora and Astik Sinha. They will analyse the policy environment in India, identify potential opportunities and challenges to innovation. They will be expected to work collaboratively with stakeholders and make relevant recommendations regarding access, innovation and policy issues in India.

Considering India’s sheer size and its encouraging trend in mobile phone penetration, it is expected that the contribution the internet will make to the country’s economy will only become more important in the near future. An increasing trend of mobile internet usage makes India an attractive market for Internet businesses. In ensuring that this booming market becomes an enabler for innovation, a mix of business-friendly policies and the right attitude among policymakers and businesses are crucial. It was with this vision, coupled with India’s ever-increasing share of Internet usage, that the Asia Internet Coalition recently released a report titled, “Good to grow? The environment for Asia’s Internet businesses”, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, in New Delhi.

Shehla Rashid Shora has a BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. She is an alumnus of the India Women in Leadership programme, conducted by Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Centre for Social Research, New Delhi. She has previously worked at the Internet Democracy Project, New Delhi. She has co-authored an in-depth study of Indian laws and their effect on the state of freedom of expression in India with Dr. Anja Kovacs, who heads the Internet Democracy Project.

Astik Sinha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Peacebuilding & Conflict Analysis from the Nelson Mandela Center for Peace at Jamia Millia Islamia University. He completed his Media Studies from St.Stephens College, New Delhi. He currently works with an Indian Member of Parliament and has previously worked at the Observer Research Foundation. He has been engaged with various youth led campaigns and start-ups. Twitter @astiksinha

AIC Statement on Vietnam’s Internet Services Mgt Decree No. 72

Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) statement on Vietnam’s Decree No. 72/2013/ND-CP of the Government Management, supply and use of Internet services and online information

It is unfortunate that the Vietnamese government has decided to take a restrictive policy approach towards the management of the internet. We are disappointed with the Vietnam Internet Management Decree that was recently passed by the Government of Vietnam. We believe that the decree will negatively affect Vietnam’s Internet ecosystem. In the long term, the Decree will stifle innovation and discourage businesses from operating in Vietnam, thereby hindering Vietnam’s goal to establish itself as an advanced competitive ICT nation.

John Ure
Executive Director
Asia Internet Coalition
Latest update: 5 Aug 2013