IPBA members wishing to contribute to the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Committee are invited to contact the Chair or any of the Vice-Chairs with any suggestions or requests and to attend the Committee meeting at the annual conference.
The Committee organises programs for each annual meeting of the IPBA befitting the conference theme and the region in which the conference is held.
2016 Kuala Lumpur (upcoming)
The TMT Committee will be sponsoring panels in Kuala Lumpur on mobile payment systems, OTT (over-the-top) services, IoT (Internet of Things), and OSS (Open Source Software). More details coming soon post-conference.
2015 Hong Kong
The TMT Committee had several exciting panel sessions in cooperation with other committees on crypto-currency (Bitcoins, etc.), big data, the movie industry in Asia and the use of technology in litigation (practice and courts).
The ‘E-Commerce and Crypto-Currency’ panel featured three speakers: JJ Disini (Philippines), Ko Hanamizu (Japan) and Michael Camilleri (Australia), which discussed the concepts underlying crypto-currencies (blockchain/global ledger) and ways in which various governments have approached regulation. Finally, the panel considered future applications for crypto-currency technologies, such as the blockchain, such as secure voting systems to self-executing contracts.
The big data panel was co-moderated by Kapil Kirpalani (HarbourVest Partners, Hong Kong) and Michael Cartier (Walder Wyss, Zurich). Richard Hogg (IBM, Washington, DC) kicked off the session with an introduction to big data. Árpád Geréd (Maybach, Görg, Lenneis & Partner, Vienna) followed up with several big data case scenarios. Rodney D Ryder (Scriboard, New Delhi) addressed legal developments in India while Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon (Shin & Kim, Seoul) focused on South Korea. Jaime Cheng (Lee, Tsai & Partners, Taipei) described the impact of big data on several business areas (automobile insurance, health insurance/health care, retail industry).
The film industry panel consistin gof Barunesh Chandra (August Legal, India), Frédéric Serra (Froriep, Switzerland), Yoshimichi (Leonard) Makiyama, (Kitamura & Makiyama, Japan), Vivek Kathpalia (Nishith Desai, Singapore/ India), Gowree Gokhale (Nishith Desai, India) and Helen Zhang (Zhong Lun, China) discussed a range of legal issues starting from the pre-production stage of a movie until the release thereof and even thereafter with a particular emphasis on international and crossborder projects.
The technology in litigation panel was moderated by Stacey Wang (Holland & Knight, Los Angeles). Sebastian Ko (Debevoise & Plimpton, Hong Kong), explained the need for robust project management in document review projects. Abdulali Jiwaji (Signature Litigation, London), together with Ms Wang , continued in the same vein and covered technology assisted review of documents. Mr Jiwaji rounded off the topic of documents addressing the exchange of documents. Michael Cartier (Walder Wyss, Zurich) moved on to the issue of managing evidence with the use of database software (ExhibitManager) to efficiently identify and cite exhibits in legal submissions, as well as using eBriefs. Finally, Edmund Kronenburg (Braddell Brothers, Singapore), addressed the implementation of technology in the Singapore court system.
Picking up from where Seoul left off, the Committee hosted a session on Cloud Computing with a focus on issues of copyright law, data protection, data security, etc. as well as a session on the use of IT in law firms.
The Cloud Computing panel covered a range of issues both from the perspective of government regulator, inhouse counsel and external counsel and highlighted the (legal) risks and opportunities of businesses operating in this field. Bradley J Freedman (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP) kick started the discussions with a comprehensive presentation providing an overview of the business of cloud computing and the attendant legal issues. Barunesh Chandra (August Legal, India), spoke about the regulatory regime (or rather the lack of it) in India in respect to cloud computing services despite the stated objective of successive governments to make India a global leader in IT services.
Do Hyung Kim (Yoon & Yang) spoke next and gave a detailed presentation about the impending legislation in Korea specific to cloud computing. Bradley Weldon, (Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada) provided a Regulator’s perspective, and Steven Howard (General Counsel-Asia Pacific, Sony Mobile Communication, Singapore), wrapped up the session with an insider’s view of how he goes about identifying, assessing and mitigating risks while implementing a cloud computing system.
The ‘Law Firm 2.0’ panel drew a crowd interested in hearing about document and knowledge management systems, new types of communication with clients, and IT challenges facing small law offices. Mihir Parikh, Nishith Desai’s Director of Knowledge Management kicked off the session with both a theoretical introduction to knowledge management and practical issues in its implementation, including the need for training in order to reap the benefits of document and knowledge management systems.
Do Hyung Kim (Yoon & Yang) followed up with risks and opportunities of new communication tools, with clients turning to an ever increasing array of social networking and messenger applications to interact with lawyers. In the ensuing discussion, the consensus of the panel and audience was that the identical issues were discussed when email became widespread. The session concluded with Yoshimichi Makiyama (Kitamura & Makiyama) describing the process and challenges in implementing technology in a small office environment. The engaging discussion and participation of the audience showed that the use of IT in law firms remains an important topic for law firms in the 21st century.
2013 Seoul Session
The (then) Technology & Communications Committee joined forces with the Intellectual Property Committee to host two panels on IP/IT challenges in the business and the regulatory landscape. With the former panel highlighting the challenges facing businesses engaged in Cloud Computing as well as an overview of recent issues in India, the latter focused on data protection issues, the regulatory challenges faced by in-house counsel in the mobile communications industry, as well as illuminating insight in Korean technology legislation and the importance of technological neutrality.
2012 New Delhi Session
The session in New Delhi was a collaboration among the (then) Technology and Communications Committee, the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Environmental Law Committee and the Insurance Committee on the Fukushima nuclear incident and its impact. Fukushima has led to significant scrutiny of nuclear power and its future application around the world and prompted renewed interest in renewable energies.
2011 Kyoto Session
The Kyoto session took place in the remarkable Kyoto International Conference Center, site of the signing of the Kyoto Protocol. An apt venue picking up from last year's theme of "Climate Change". This year's conference theme of "Innovation" was headlined by a plenary session including innovation in biotechnology such as the use of iPS (induced Pluripotent Stem) Cells to create human organs. Innovation and patents were then the main topic of the joint session on Dispute Resolution in Innovation with the arbitrability of IP validity claims turning out to be a hot topic.
2010 Singapore Session
The session in Singapore was very well attended. In keeping with the theme "Climate Change", the Committee presented a joint session on the development and use of clean technology and the tensions between the interests of the business sector, the government, international trade and investment regimes and global needs. Legal issues surrounding the clean technology industry, such as creation, protection and commercialization of that technology through patents of other intellectual property rights, and technology acquisition and licensing were explored in the lush surrounds of Marina Bay Sands in the Garden City of Singapore.
2009 Manila Session
The session in Manila catered to the concerns of Asia. The fear of foreign competition and the need to keep that at bay was captured in illuminating case studies and expositions from speakers from Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. The topic was the regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles faced by industry players in offering telecommunications services in the region. The perspective of the regulators was advanced by the Communications and Multimedia Commission of Malaysia. The difficulties faced by the industry players were seen in the CBN satellite cases, the NTT saga in Sri Lanka and the attempts in the Philippines to keep competition at bay by the innovative use of court proceedings and the regulatory framework.
2008 Los Angeles Session
The Los Angeles session met and surpassed expectations. It was Hollywood, and the Writers Guild of America was on strike. The topic was the entertainment industry. The speakers, using entertaining digital audio and video aids, explored the collapsing boundaries between communications and entertainment and the tensions between the rights of the various entities, the consumers, the content creators and the distributors.