Networks and data neutrality - who owns and utilize the core elements for the new ICT era to what extent?

Technology, Media & Telecommunications; Intellectual Property

We are facing a fourth industrial revolution which entails the convergence and integration of information and communications technologies including AI, IoT, big data, cloud computing, and high speed networks.  The key elements of this process are connectivity (networks) and data.  Thus far, government agencies have tended to protect the neutrality of these two pillars of our future society, networks and data. However, there are indications that this trend may be changing.

One example is provided by President Trump.  In a number of countries, there have been investigations into various attempts by network providers to circumvent network neutrality requirements. Whereas the Trump administration appears to intend to move away from the principle of “network neutrality,” for example by stopping investigations into the practice of “zero rating.”

Data neutrality is becoming more important than it ever has been because current ICT business models are heavily dependent on each company’s data capacity and utilization of big data. Traditionally, regulators have generally not perceived ownership of big data by a particular company as having a significant negative impact on market and consumer welfare. However, more recently, various regulatory agencies have become concerned about its negative impact.

In this session, network and data neutrality will be examined by various experts from the U.S., EU and Asia as well as a key industry player, Netflix. 

Moderator

  • Doil Son, Yulchon LLC

Speakers

  • Daniel Lim, Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC
  • Marc Martin, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Ken Moon, AJ Park
  • Vagn Thorup, Lundgrens Law Firm P/s
  • Kuek Yu-Chuang

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