Asia Forum Directors Meet in Tokyo January 15 and 16; Draft Mission Statement

Representatives from Keio University and Korea University met in Tokyo January 15 and 16 to discuss future plans for the Asia Forum on Cyber Security and Privacy and to develop the below “Mission Statement” that outlines the background and goals for the new organization.   They agreed to host an international conference on cyber security capacity building in Seoul on May 30, 2014.

The Asia Forum on Cyber Security and Privacy is a collaborative project between the Korea University Cyber Law Center and the Keio University International Project for the Internet and Society (KICIS).  The Forum’s objective is to improve information exchange and practical cooperation within the Asia Pacific region on cyber security and privacy issues related to the Internet and Cloud Computing.

As technology and business leaders in this field, Korea and Japan have a special role to play in promoting dialogue on these issues among the academic community in the region and with government, business and civil society.

The Asia Forum’s stance on the challenges of cyber security and privacy is based on the principles laid out in the OECD 2013 Privacy Guidelines and the “Seoul Framework” released at the October 2013 Cyber Space Conference in Korea.   Our positions are rooted in a strong commitment to the multi-stakeholder process in the region and support for a truly global Internet premised on Internet freedom and a fundamental right of access by all netizens.

While we acknowledge the important role of national governments in the regulation and oversight of the Internet, we reject unilateral national claims of “cyber sovereignty.”

We are convinced that the future growth of the Internet Economy is vital to development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.  We support the rapid deployment of new technologies, such Cloud Computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things.  We believe that national protections for data must be balanced by provisions to promote the greater sharing of data across borders.  Building a framework to facilitate these goals is a central objective for the Forum.

As advanced Internet economies, Korea and Japan are fully aware of the cyber threat to their societies from criminal organizations, terrorism and even national governments.  Cyber security is fundamental to national security.

However, measures to guard cyber security should not undermine the benefits of the global Internet Economy through the erection of national firewalls and the introduction of excessive and discriminatory security standards.   We see cyber space as a “global commons” and policies must be premised on safeguarding its “peaceful uses.”

The Asia Forum wants to contribute to the regional and global discussion on Internet governance through evidence-based research and timely informed advocacy on issues important to the future of the Internet in Asia.  Over time, we hope to see the emergence of a region-wide framework for cooperation on the Internet that reflects the rich cultural diversity of the Asia region and supports capacity building so that the benefits of the Internet can be widely enjoyed by all the peoples of the region.