APrIGF 2023 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Mr. Priyatosh Jana
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Haldia Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor
Economy of Residence
Primary Stakeholder Group
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
What are the Challenges, Progress and Social Prosperity for Digital Economy in Asia?
Session Format
Panel Discussion
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
Enhancing access and participation in the digital economy requires collaboration amongst all stakeholders and for governments to find new approaches to policy development. Addressing the economic and social benefits of an open internet and the policies that support its development. The data flows are important to trade, innovation, entrepreneurship, growth and social prosperity. Promoting the open, distributed and interconnected nature of the internet and encouraging multi-stakeholder cooperation will be key to keeping us on a positive path. An effective way to further develop and address social and economic goals, such as productivity growth, the needs of ageing societies and inclusiveness, is through demand-side policies that stimulate digital innovation. We have a lot to learn from each other sharing expertise and building on one another experiences will allow countries to make better, stronger policies for the digital economy, benefitting their citizens and future economic prosperity. Taking advantage of the economic convergence to the Internet of Everything and social benefits from convergence to the Internet of Everything. How can we make sure our economies and societies are prepared?

In light of the increased networked interdependence of our societies, privacy and security concerns are more prevalent than ever and will become a competitive differentiator. There are economic and social opportunities to taking a risk-based approach to managing these concerns at the highest level of leadership. Governments and business can set the conditions for greater cooperation in developing and implementing privacy and security risk management frameworks that are aligned with the economic and social strategic visions for the digital economy.

Aim of this session proposal is to bring together representatives from diverse stakeholder groups to explore the future dimension of the digital economy.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
The session will show the way how we can face the key challenges and harvest the benefits of the digital economy towards Access and Inclusion, Trust, Sustainability, which is the overarching tracks of APrIGF 2023.The workshop will discuss key challenges affecting the success of the digital economy including:
* Cultivating a fully digitally-literate society so that citizens are able to use information and emerging technology to take advantage of the growing digital economy.
* Digital divides in terms of access, bandwidth, diverse language or script etc will influence the digital economy. For instance in India, the significant thrust by the government towards a digital economy may be hindered by the large proportion of the population on the wrong side of the Digital Divides.
* Building trust for technology-enabled innovation to thrive,
* Actively address cyber vulnerability and the threat of attack and/or misuse,
* Achieving the right balance to stimulate innovation and business growth while protecting the rights of the individual, intellectual property and privacy.

Through an interactive discussion participants will consider how multi stakeholder efforts can identify and address skill deficiencies to better prepare work forces for the changes produced by the digital economy.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
5 mins Introduction and scene setting by facilitator / moderator
20 mins Sectioned as 5 min per speaker and facilitator.
5 mins Interaction with audience questions or comments facilitator follow up
20 mins Sectioned as 5 min per speaker and facilitator
10 mins Interaction with audience. Follow up question responses.
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Gunela Astbrink
    • Organization: ISOC Accessibility Standing Group
    • Designation: Chair
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Australia
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: Priyatosh Jana
    • Organization: Haldia Institute of Technology
    • Designation: Assistant Professor
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Amrita Choudhary
    • Organization: CCAOI
    • Designation: Director
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Shah Jahidur Rahman
    • Organization: EyHost Ltd
    • Designation: Head of Business Strategy and development
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Bangladesh
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Dr.Mrs Nirosha Wedasinghe
    • Organization: General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
    • Designation: Senior Lecturer
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Sri Lanka
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Bikram Shresta
    • Organization: Sanima Bank
    • Designation: Head-Digital Banking
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Nepal
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
The topic has been chosen based on the challenges of the digital penetration in Asia and Asia Pacific. Few aspects of our lives remain untouched by the transformations of the digital economy. This is a complex and dynamic interconnected environment, in which the flow of data has a significant impact on innovation, global value chains and the world economy. Increased mobility, new ways of connecting and interdependence are enabling new services and business models. In order for society to benefit from these changes, the right protections and measures must be in place and people must have the right skills not to be left behind.

The different stakeholder’s participant from Asia and Asia Pacific, who can lead discussions about the present situation in their country and their thoughts on how can we train, the workforce of the future? What will be the skills mix required? Technical, managerial, communications? How can we ensure that the lower-skilled and older workers are prepared and can adapt? New approaches to education, training and re-skilling to meet the fast-changing demand for new skills, as well as fostering employment creation in new economic activities will be key to the advancement of the digital economy. We may find representation from government delegations from the pacific. It is expected in this event like APrIGF.
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Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2023.
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2023?
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