APrIGF 2023 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Ms. Joyce Chen
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Senior Advisor - Strategic Engagement
Economy of Residence
Primary Stakeholder Group
Technical Community
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Adrian Wan, Internet Society,
Sabina Fernando, auDA,
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Is fragmentation the future of the Internet and How Can We Resist?
Session Format
Open Mic Townhall
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
The Internet is a complex and robust ecosystem. Its remarkable success over the past twenty years is centred in its design as an open, interconnected, globally interoperable network of networks combined with the multistakeholder model of governance.

Realising the full social and economic benefits of the internet is dependent on balancing a diverse range of government, technical and civil society interests. However, recent technical, legislative and policy developments at the national and regional levels appear to be risking its operations as a global interconnected network of networks. There has been increased interest to discuss fragmentation in the IGF with the launch of the Policy Network on Internet fragmentation. Internet fragmentation is also a topic that is being considered by the UN Global Digital Compact which has received immense response from the Internet community.

This session would consider and test some of the notions and assumptions that have developed around the concept of “Internet fragmentation”. It will seek to define the term from an Asia Pacific perspective, explore greater understanding of what it means to the regional community, how it can occur and what can be done to mitigate against risks and unintended consequences.

The Internet as a network of networks was designed to be resilient against stresses and changes. Will this still be the case 5, 10, or 20 years down the road as risks and challenges continue to arise?

The discussion will be focused on four questions guided by a facilitator in an open mic session for the APrIGF community, with responses limited to 2 minutes per person. The questions are detailed in the methodology/agenda section.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
The issue of Internet fragmentation is relevant to the future of a trusted, open, and accessible Internet. Hence, the session directly relates to the APrIGF themes of Sustainability and Trust.

Expected outcomes of this session are increased awareness of what Internet fragmentation is within the Asia Pacific Internet community, and ways to tackle it. As the session is run as an open mic townhall, we want to give the community the opportunity to directly voice their opinions and considerations, raise questions and challenge the topic, rather than to listen to another panel discussion on the topic. This will enable the APrIGF community to engage in a frank and candid discussion on their views on Internet fragmentation. These views will then inform the APrIGF Synthesis document and subsequently the global IGF. The community can also take some of the recommendations back to their local communities.
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 minutes Moderator introduces session and provides some background context
12 minutes per question Discussion of Question 1: what is Internet fragmentation; what is an example of fragmentation or something that would cause fragmentation?
12 minutes per question Discussion of question 2: What does fragmentation look like from the Internet user perspective? (eg; internet shutdown, content control), digital divide)
12 minutes per question Discussion of Question 3: What can we do about Internet fragmentation? Is it possible to avoid it, and how?
5-7 minutes Moderator summarizes and wraps up
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Cheryl Langdon-Orr
    • Organization: Internet Society of Australia
    • Designation: Vice-Chair (International)
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Australia
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: KS Park
    • Organization: Open Net Korea
    • Designation: Director
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: South Korea
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only):
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Audrey Tang
    • Organization: Ministry of Digital Affairs
    • Designation: Minister
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Taiwan
    • Stakeholder Group: Government
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Benjamin Ang
    • Organization: Nanyang Technological University
    • Designation: Senior Fellow; Head, Digital Impact Research
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Singapore
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
  • Speaker 3

    • Stakeholder Group: Select One
    • Expected Presence: Select One
    • Status of Confirmation: Select One
  • Speaker 4

    • Stakeholder Group: Select One
    • Expected Presence: Select One
    • Status of Confirmation: Select One
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
The session is designed as an open mic townhall. Hence, there is the moderator will facilitate discussions with the audience directly by inviting comments and dialogue. Cheryl and KS Park have immense experience as veterans in Internet governance matters and are engaging moderators.
If you need assistance to find a suitable speaker to contribute to your session, or an onsite facilitator for your online-only session, please specify your request with details of what you are looking for.
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2023.
If yes, please detail the person and his/her level of engagement on your session proposal. (e.g. 1 or more of the PC members are co-hosting/moderating/speaking at the session)
Both Cheryl and I are part of the APrIGF Program Committee.
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2023?
APrIGF offers live transcript in English for all sessions. Do you need any other translation support or any disability related requests for your session? APrIGF makes every effort to be a fully inclusive and accessible event, and will do the best to fulfill your needs.
Cheryl as the moderator will require wheelchair ramp access for disability-related needs.
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