Vietnam Internet Forum will discuss Internet’s contribution to an open, sustainable and innovative society. Focus is on Internet accessibility and digital solutions for social impact under the theme #DigitalforGood. VIF17 is a platform for intersectoral discussion and interaction taking place on 27-28 November in Hanoi.

Welcome to the Vietnam Internet Forum! This year’s sessions range from how access to Internet and open data contribute to transparency and accessibility to how digital technology advances sustainable development. For more information, head over to the agenda!

Speakers and participants include government officials, civil society representatives, academia, business leaders, social entrepreneurs and investors. The evening reception offers a chance to immerse in discussion and networking with senior business leaders, policy makers and investors.

VIF17 is co-hosted by the Embassy of Sweden in Vietnam and the Ministry of Information and Communications. Co-organizers and partners are Lund University Internet Institute (LUii), Vietnam Internet Association (VIA), UNDP and UNESCO.

We all hope to see you in Hanoi!

 

Tất cả các phiên sẽ sử dụng tiếng Anh được dịch song song bằng tiếng Việt.
All sessions will be in English with simultaneous translation into Vietnamese.

Agenda

08.00-09.00
Registration

Registration and mingle

Welcoming remarks by H.E. Pereric Högberg, Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam
Speech by H.E. Pham Hong Hai, Vice Minister of Information and Communications
Video greeting by H.E. Margot Wallström, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Access to Internet has become a critical component in our ability to engage fully in modern day society. Through Internet we indulge in activities such as online dating and mobile gaming, we can also participate in discussions, find information and read news. However, access to Internet goes further than technical solutions – openness, communication and access to information are also vital aspects.

The technological development has changed and shaped the way we think and act in relation to society, business, privacy and transparency. In the first main session we will address some of the opportunities that digital access brings to peoples’ lives.

Moderator: Marcin De Kaminski, Policy Specialist, Freedom of Expression/ICT, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

Panellists:
Guy Berger, Director of Division Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
Mai Liem Truc, Former Vice Minister of Post and Telecommunication
To Nam Phuong,Chief Executive of FPT Television Center - FPT Telecom, Vietnam
Denis Brunetti, President of Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia
Malavika Jayaram, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
Jeremy Showalter, Scale Leader, Technology for Social Impact Group, Microsoft Philanthropies

UNDP Viet Nam will launch the Vietnamese translation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The Guiding Principles seek to provide an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human rights impacts linked to business activity. Businesses also play a vital role in ensuring protection of rights through transparency and access to information.
Presenter:

Akiko Fujii, Deputy Country Director UNDP Vietnam
Nguyen Quang Vinh, Deputy Secretary General, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
 

Using digital technologies to advance social and environmental development

Central to the modern start-up is their utilization of new and innovative technologies. Online services, mobile phone apps, 3D printing and Virtual Reality are all examples of new technologies that have been used by start-ups to build and grow their business. Innovation and technology are also central in discovering the new development solutions to the new global development challenges we face, including the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 (SDGs). We have already seen significant social and environmental impact through technological innovations in areas such as SMS distributed food stamps in times of famine, reforestation of isolated regions of the rainforest by drones, manufacturing of affordable prosthetics through 3D-printing, and crowd funding platforms which have revolutionized global development efforts. This session will explore how digital technologies can, and are, being used for good, to advance global sustainable development and help us achieve the SDGs.

This session is co-chaired with UNDP.

Moderator: Pham Quoc Dat, Founder & CEO of HATCH! VENTURES

Panellists:
Johannes Schildt, Co-founder and CEO, KRY
Helen Bui, Founder of Planet 9 and Co-Founder of Women in FinTech
Shuyin Tang, Principal Patamar Capital
Lai Xuan Thanh, ICT Manager, SOS Children's Villages Vietnam

Open data is information from public organizations that is available for everyone to use, recycle or distribute – the only requirement is that you present the source. Open data is an asset which contributes to transparency and accessibility for its users. In the digital society we need new innovative solutions to produce, administer and disperse open data.

In this session we will discuss a few examples of how open data can be created and used freely.

Moderator: Malavika Jayaram, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub

Panellists:
Le Trung Nghia, Development Co-ordination Agency for Environment of Science and Technology (DCA), Ministry of Science and Technology
Nguyen Thi Kieu Vien, Executive Director, Towards Transparency
Glenn Maail, Researcher manager at the Open Data Lab, World Wide Web Foundation
Arthit Suriyawongkul, Co-Founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture

UNESCO will present its concept of Internet Universality and engage with participants for their inputs in defining the indicators for Internet. The concept of Internet Universality is at the heart of UNESCO’s work to promote an Internet that works for all and is based on four fundamental principles known as ROAM: Rights (R), Openness (O), Accessibility (A) and Multi-stakeholder (M) participation.

Elaborating Internet indicators serves multiple purposes: assessing country’s Internet development and environment, broaden international consensus on Internet norms and principles, and foster digital rights for sustainable development. Special attention will be paid to gender equality and to the needs and interests of young people.

UNESCO invites all stakeholders to complete a questionnaire for defining Internet Universality indicators.

This session is co-chaired with UNESCO.

Moderator: Jaldeep Katwala, Project Manager for Southeast Asia, Fojo Media Institute

Panellists:
Guy Berger, Director of Division Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
Szeming Tan, Programme Manager, Sinar Project
Hong Phuc Dang, Founder, FOSSASIA
Arthit Suriyawongkul, Co-founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture
Nguyen Nhung, Communication Researcher

Social media plays an important role in society by changing how we communicate, behave and do business. Through social media everyone can express themselves and their ideas in words, images and through video content. New ways of interacting and sharing information bring new opportunities and challenges.

In this session we will discuss the potential of social media in Vietnam as well as how the challenges could be approached.

Moderator: Pham Hai Chung, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Academy of Journalism and Communication

Panellists:
Anne Senior, Lecturer, City University of London
Dang Hoang Giang, Deputy Director, CECODES
Michael L. Gray, Programme Manager, The SecDev Foundation
Chau Doan, Writer, Journalist & Social Media Profile

Moderators:
Pham Hai Chung, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Academy of Journalism and Communication
Nguyen Kim Ngan, Journalist and Communication Specialist
Marcin De Kaminski, Policy Specialist, Freedom of Expression/ICT, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

Three shortlisted candidates for the #InnovationForGood-award will present their projects.

Presenters:
Måns Svensson, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer, Lund University
Vu The Binh, Secretary General of Vietnam Internet Association

18.30-20.00
Networking Reception and Award Ceremony #InnovationForGood

The reception and award ceremony will take place outdoors overlooking the scenic lakes.

The #InnovationForGood award will honour one enterprise or individual from Vietnam for their work in social innovation in a digital context.

Presenters:
Måns Svensson, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer, Lund University
Vu The Binh, Secretary General of Vietnam Internet Association
Jeannie Jin, Hanoi Manager of Qatar Airways

The evening reception also offers a chance to discuss and network with senior business leaders, policy makers and investors.

08.00-08.30
Registration

Registration and mingle.

Launch ceremony of the Vietnamese version of the handbook #netsmart for grown-ups, on how to protect children from sexual abuse on the Internet.

Presenters:
Dragana Strinic, Country Director Save the Children Vietnam
Victoria Rhodin Sandström, Head of Political Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi

Video Greeting by H.E. Annika Ben David, Swedish Ambassador for Human Rights

E-governance integrates information and communication technologies (ICT’s) to improve the accessibility of public services for citizens, businesses and other government entities.

In this session we will discuss case studies regarding e-governance and solutions for the development of the digital society in Vietnam.

Moderator: Marcin de Kaminski, Policy Specialist, Freedom of Expression/ICT, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

Panellists:
Malavika Jayaram, Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub
Nguyen Phu Tien, Deputy Director General, Vietnam Authority of Information Technology Application, Ministry of Information and Communications
Do Thi Thanh Huyen, Policy Analyst, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Kai-Alexander Kaiser, Senior Economist, World Bank
Szeming Tan, Programme Manager, Sinar Project

The increasingly digitalized society will have a major impact on how young people interact, work and live in their adult lives. How do young citizens and users reflect on this? What are the skills we need to learn?

In this session we will focus on the future and bring up perspectives and experiences from students, researchers and digital entrepreneurs.

Moderator: Andrew Rowan, Author of Startup Vietnam and Director, GKTA Group

Panellists:
Do Van Nguyet, Founder and Director, Live & Learn for Environment and Community
Ha Cao, Co-Founder and President of 2030 Youth Force
Jianne Soriano, student journalist and Net.Mission Asia Ambassador
Brian Cotter, Innovation Specialist, UNICEF

Smart cities use technology and digital solutions to improve citizens’ everyday lives. New innovations pave the way for urban development that is efficient, economic and sustainable. In order to develop smart cities efficient cooperation is needed. This development is not only for politicians and engineers, through digital innovations anyone can contribute to the creation of urban cities!

In this session we will focus on smart digital solutions the cities of tomorrow.

Moderator: Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh, Founder of KisStartup Innovation Consulting

Panellists:
Brian Hull, General Director, ABB Vietnam
Nguyen Luong Binh Vo, Researcher and Policy Adviser at Division of Urban Studies, Da Nang Institute for Socio-Economic Development
Louis-David Benayer, Affiliate Professor, ESCP Europe, Paris and Co-Founder of Without Model
Nazia Ijaz, Corporate Alliance Specialist, UNICEF

Moderators:
Nguyen Kim Ngan, Journalist and Communication Specialist
Marcin De Kaminski, Policy Specialist, Freedom of Expression/ICT, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

Concluding Remarks
Victoria Rhodin Sandström, Head of Political Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi

Speakers

Akiko Fujii

Deputy Country Director, UNDP, Vietnam

Andrew Rowan

Author of 'Startup Vietnam' and Director, GKTA Group, Vietnam

Anne Senior

Journalist and Lecturer at City, University of London, England

Arthit Suriyawongkul

Co-Founder of Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture, Thailand

Brian Cotter

Innovation Specialist at UNICEF, Vietnam

Brian Hull

General Director, ABB, Vietnam

Chau Doan

Writer, Vietnam

Dang Hoang Giang

Deputy Director, CECODES, Vietnam

Dat Quoc Pham

Founder and CEO of HATCH! Vietnam

Denis Brunetti

President of Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia

Do Thi Thanh Huyen

Policy Analyst Governance and Participation, UNDP Vietnam

Do Van Nguyet

Founder and Director, Live & Learn for Environment and Community, Vietnam

Glenn Maail

Research Manager, Open Data Lab Jakarta

Guy Berger

Director at UNESCO, France

Hong Phuc Dang

Founder of FOSSASIA, Singapore

Helen Bui

Founder of Planet 9 and Co-Founder of Women in FinTech, United States

Hai Chung

Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Academy of Journalism and Communication, Vietnam

    Ha Cao

    Co-founder and President of 2030 Youth Force, Vietnam

    Jaldeep Katwala

    Project Manager Southeast Asia, Fojo Media Institute

    Jeremy Showalter

    Scale Leader Technology for Social Impact Group, Microsoft Philanthropies

    Jianne Soriano

    Journalism student and NetMission.Asia Ambassador, Hong Kong

    Johannes Schildt

    Co-Founder and CEO at KRY, Sweden

    Kai-Alexander Kaiser

    Senior Economist at the World Bank, Vietnam

    Kim Ngan Nguyen

    Journalist and Communication Professional, Sweden

    Lai Xuan Thanh

    ICT Manager, SOS Children’s Villages Vietnam

    Le Trung Nghia

    Development Co-ordination Agency for Environment of Science and Technology (DCA), Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam

      Louis-David Benyayer

      Affiliate professor at ESCP Europe and lecturer at CFVG, France

      Mai Liem Truc

      Former Vice Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Vietnam

        Malavika Jayaram

        Executive Director, Digital Asia Hub, Hong Kong

        Marcin de Kaminski

        Policy Specialist, Sida, Sweden

        Michael L. Gray

        Vietnam Program Director, The SecDev Foundation, Canada

        Måns Svensson

        Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer, Lund University, Sweden

        Nazia Ijaz

        Corporate Alliances Specialist at UNICEF, Vietnam

        Nguyen Dang Tuan Minh

        Founder of KisStartup Innovation Consulting, Vietnam

        Nguyen Thi Kieu Vien

        Founder and Executive Director of Towards Transparency, Vietnam

        Nguyen Luong Binh Vo

        Researcher at Da Nang Institute for Socio Economic Development, Vietnam

        Nhung Nguyen

        Communication Researcher, Vietnam

          Nguyen Quang Vinh

          Deputy Secretary General of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

          Pereric Högberg

          Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam

          Shuyin Tang

          Partner, Patamar Capital, Vietnam

          Szeming Tan

          Programme Manager, Sinar Project, Malaysia

          To Nam Phuong

          Chief Executive of FPT Television Center, FPT Telecom, Vietnam

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