Thank you for your interest in the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC).
There are some things you need to know before
categories of participation: MEMBERS
and FRIENDS. Please
which category you are applying
ny corporation with an Internet
related business in at least two
locations in the Asia
can apply to be a Member of the AIC
Once you are accepted as
, you will
be able to take part in all
AIC activities, attend, propose
and vote at any AIC general meeting.
fees are USD30,000 annually, payable on the approval of your application, and thereafter, upon
renewal of your
status as a
: Any local business
profit organisation, trade association or industry co
Asia Pacific region which is making great use of the Internet to grow its business can apply to be a Friend
AIC. There is no fee to become a Friend but (unlike AIC Members) a Friend of AIC will not get to
participate in AIC general meetings nor be involved in charting AIC’s policy directions.
In submitting this application on behalf of
your company/organisation, you are also agreeing to AIC’s shared
values listed below:
When it comes to user privacy, our approach is based on
transparency, control and security
we believe that’s what matters to our users.
We know from ex
perience that privacy means different things to different people. So the best approach is
to be upfront about what data you collect and how you use it, and then give meaningful controls that allow
users to exercise their judgment and make an informed choic
We don’t collect personal information or serve ads based on personal information without user
The manner by which user consent is sought and obtained should avoid being too prescriptive. Rather,
we believe that co
regulation (joint efforts
between government and industry) to educate users about
these mechanisms would be most effective.
Copyright and Trademarks
The AIC supports copyright laws that protect artists and foster innovation in new online services that help people
bute, and engage information.
Provide flexible limitations that allow the online environment to function:
New technologies won’t be built if
every innovation requires an amendment to the copyright laws. As internet companies, we are also keen
competition and an open market, thereby ensuring that the public have access and choice to
legal products at a great value.
Ensure online platforms’ responsibilities are appropriately limited:
Online services shouldn’t be held
legally responsible for copyr
ight infringing content created by Internet users, so long as they take that
content down after receiving a valid notice from a content owner.
Enforce copyright protections in a smart, tailored, and proportional way:
Enforcement is important, but it
be tailored to avoid chilling legitimate innovation and expression.
Enforcement without exceptions
would throttle internet startup companies and many existing companies in Asia that depend on the
internet for their primary and secondary source of income.
Support efficient licensing mechanisms:
When it’s hard to license copyrighted works efficiently, that’s bad
for artists, consumers, and service providers alike. And where works are “orphaned”
such that you can’t
contact the rightsholder
then the law
should permit re
Net Neutrality/Open Standards
What makes the Internet an engine of economic growth is its inherent openness and interoperability at every level
of the network. AIC members have a commercial interest in, and a philosophical commitment
to, the open
Internet. This means that anyone can use a device and plug in. Any service can be created on top of it. Anyone
with a connection to the network can communicate with anyone else on the network. These basic concepts
enabled innovators to build
sites and services unimaginable just a few years ago.
A good scenario for network neutrality should include these broad principles
Prohibition on blocking of all legal content, applications and services
discriminatory provisions which would o
utlaw practices (such as economic and technical
blocking) that prioritize / favor operator developed content over third
party content, applications and
A platform agnostic approach to net neutrality (i.e. applies to wireless, fixed line, mobile In
We would support Government initiatives to adopt open standards and
in some cases
open source development
so as to foster innovation.
By contrast, other ‘cloud’ offerings require on
premise systems that are based on
sed, proprietary systems constrain businesses' choices and create lock
systems give customers more choice, reduce lock
and allow third parties to build
functionality on top of open platforms
Cloud computing is about moving everyday information, tools and processes online. Applications (email, word
processing, etc.) are delivered over the web, through a browser. No servers to set up, no client software to install.
The reason that we call it the
'cloud' is because all this information is kept in a virtual space on the Internet. By
putting email, documents, calendars and other information in a secure spot online, users can access their
information from anywhere they might be, anytime they need it,
from any device that's connected to the internet.
Cloud computing is what best enables collaboration
because these documents, photo albums, calendars etc.
live online, you can invite multiple people to work on them together at the same time.
The AIC believes that Internet access is a human right and that restricting the flow of information through Internet
blackouts is a violation of this right.
When governments block a legitimate Internet site, impose improp
er licensing conditions, or erect other barriers,
they impede technology and the ability of members of the AIC to provide core services. Very simply, when our
services are blocked or filtered, we cannot serve our users effectively.
The AIC reject the prem
ise that intermediaries should be held liable for refusing to take action on requests to
remove content that would limit universal access.
COMPANY AND REPRESENTATIVE DETAILS
Brief outline of business
; to be used
Description of organisation’s
Pls attach a high
resolution company/organisation logo to your
Signature of Company
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