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Join us for the 15th Year of the Asia Conference in India!

Conference Theme: Re-Imagining Tech Regulations for the Digital Economy

Read a summary of the conference and selected sessions, written by Aryan Babele, 4th-Year Law Student, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab

2019 International Asia Conference
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

10:00 to 17:00

CyberSpaceCamp®

Nishith Desai Associates, Prestige Loka, G01, 7/1, Brunton Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025

The ITechLaw CyberSpaceCamp® Program is a platform for experienced lawyers from across the world to interact with young lawyers and professionals and share their insight and in-depth view on the implications of technology law and practice as it has developed in their respective jurisdictions. The program has been tailor-made to address current issues facing technology law practitioners as well as make the event an interactive discussion. The programs are conducted classroom style, with faculty encouraging active interaction from the participants. This event is intended to benefit young lawyers with 0-3 years of experience.

Location: Nishith Desai Associates, Prestige Loka, G01, 7/1, Brunton Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025
Date: Wednesday, 30 January, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 17:00, lunch included 
Cost: INR 5,000

This event is designed for lawyers new the technology law field and is an introduction to tech law. Experienced lawyers should register for the full conference.

Topics covered include:

  • Technology Transactions: Licensing and services arrangements; M&A and business transfers
  • IP: Prosecution; chain of title; litigation and pre-litigation
  • Cyber laws: interception; blocking; and allied issues
  • Privacy and Data Protection: Existing law under the IT Act; Puttaswamy judgments; Proposed Bill
  • Fintech: Financial sector regulations; new business models: payments, p2p lending, insurtech, blockchain
  • Please note the agenda is in progress and may be updated and/or changed.

Instructors:

  • Aaron Kamath, Nishith Desai Associates, India
  • Jaideep Reddy, Nishith Desai Associates, India
  • Claire Bernier, ADSTO, France
  • Dov Scherzer, Polsinelli, United States
  • Aditi Jha, LinkedIn
  • Ajay Chandru, Amazon
  • Helen Pari, WeWork, India
  • Vaishali Bhagwat, Technology Lawyer

CyberSpaceCamp registration is INR 5,000 and advanced registration is required. Only 30 seats are available. Attendees are expected to attend for the full day and lunch will be provided.

If you attend the CyberSpaceCamp, you receive access to the full conference for only INR 7,500 - the best overall available price! Registration details for the full conference will be sent upon completion of CyberSpaceCamp registration

Register now for the CyberSpaceCamp!

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14:30 to 15:30

Data Protection Committee Meeting (open to all)

Quartz, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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E-Commerce Committee Meeting (open to all)

Sapphire, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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15:45 to 16:45

Cyber Crime Committee Meeting (open to all)

Sapphire, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Intellectual Property Committee Meeting (open to all)

Quartz, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Startup Committee Meeting (open to all)

Topaz, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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17:00 to 18:00

Dispute Resolution Committee Meeting (open to all)

Sapphire, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Interactive Entertainment & Media Committee Meeting (open to all)

Topaz, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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Technology Sourcing Committee Meeting (open to all)

Quartz, JW Marriott

Please note that all committee meetings are open to all attendees. If you are interested in one of these areas, please attend! Current committee leaders will set an agenda for the meeting and will sometimes feature a speaker. Each committee will meet for one hour, and following the meeting, we encourage you to join as an ITechLaw member to stay connected with these individuals throughout the year. 

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18:00 to 19:30

Welcome Reception

Spice Terrace Lounge, JW Marriott

Join your colleagues in kicking off the conference with a drink.  All attendees are invited to attend this reception to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

09:00 to 09:15

Welcome Address by the President

Grand Ballroom 1, JW Marriott

09:15 to 09:45

Meet the Presidents

Grand Ballroom 1, JW Marriott

Introduction to Former Presidents of ITechLaw to celebrate ITechLaw’s 15th year in India.

  • Sajai Singh, Partner, J. Sagar Associates, Bangalore, India, Moderator
  • Susan Barty, Partner, Technology and Intellectual Property, CMS London, London, United Kingdom
  • Ursula Widmer, Founding Partner, Dr. Widmer & Partners, Bern, Switzerland
  • Diana McKenzie, Partner & Chair, Information Technology and Outsourcing Practice Group, Hunter Maclean, Savannah, United States
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09:50 to 10:20

Keynote Address

Grand Ballroom 1, JW Marriott

Ravi Gururaj

Ravi Gururaj is Founder & CEO of QikPod.com, where he is building innovative last mile logistics solutions for the eCommerce industry. As a technology entrepreneur he previously founded 5 startups ventures, two of which exited to public NASDAQ companies. Ravi is an elected member of the NASSCOM Executive Council, is the current President of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Bangalore, serves on the Indian Venture Capital Association VC council, is Chief Mentor at Reliance Industries GenNext program, serves on the Startup Councils of the Govt. of Karnataka and CII, Co-Chair of the Penn & Wharton Club of Bangalore and HBS Alumni Angels India chapter.

Ravi has angel invested in more than 25 innovative startups and also over his career held senior executive roles at global technology firms Citrix, Trilogy and Intel. Ravi received his MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He graduated with honors as Benjamin Franklin Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology receiving a B.S.E. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Moore School and a B.Sc. in Finance from the Wharton School. He was also an exchange research scholar at the University of Edinburgh and schooled at La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata.

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10:25 to 11:40

Re-imagining Intermediary Liability in the Age of Fake News, Hate Speech, and Information Wars

Grand Ballroom 1, JW Marriott

This session covers: the changing concept of intermediaries; new developments and the global trend to regulate intermediaries; the case for safe harbours; fake news: where does due diligence end; transparency, bad actors, and content selection: defining the limits of editorial control; government control: chilling effect on free speech.

  • Saikat Datta, South Asia Editor, Asia Times, Delhi, India, Moderator
  • Charles Morgan, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault, Montreal, Canada
  • Smitha Krishna Prasad, Associate Director, National Law University, Delhi, India
  • Madhukeshwar Desai, Vice President, BJP Youth Wing, Delhi, India
  • Nikhil Pahwa, Medianama, India
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12:00 to 13:00

Data Fiduciary: A Bold New Idea in the Big Data World

Grand Ballroom 1, JW Marriott

This panel discusses the concept of a data fiduciary in the Data Protection Bill 2018 and balancing commercial realities & interests of data fiduciaries & data principal rights over a range of concepts including fair & reasonable standards, access & portability, harm & accountability, the right to be forgotten and impact on data intermediaries.

  • Aditi Chopra, Senior Attorney, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft, Gurgaon, India, Moderator
  • Stephen Mathias, Partner, Kochhar & Co., Bangalore, India
  • Bhairav Acharya, Public Policy Manager, India and South Asia, Facebook, New Delhi, India 
  • Sahil Kini, India

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Government: Rethinking the Role of Government in the Age of Big Data

Grand Ballroom 2, JW Marriott

Most governments across the globe have been set up in the pre-digital era where practices and regulations have been based on either too little or too much control over its citizens and business. With the advent of big data and governance techniques, is it possible to rethink the role of governments in societies and business? Reactive and consultative policy making using big data and ability to change rule making itself.

  • Shreyas Jayasimha, Advocate, Aarna Law, Bangalore, India, Moderator 
  • Meena Chandra, Adyopant Legal
  • Kiran Jonnalagadda, HasGeek
  • Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, BSA | The Software Alliance

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13:00 to 13:55

Networking Lunch

Grand Ballroom Foyer, JW Marriott

Included buffet lunch for all attendees

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13:55 to 14:55

FinTech in Asia: Balancing Regulation and Innovation

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

Regulators need to strike the right balance between regulation and innovation. What are some of the strategies and initiatives adopted by regulators to achieve this balance? How would regulation look in the future for the FinTech sector? The panel looks at innovative business models in FinTech that are disrupting the traditional financial services sector including P2P lending, payments, e-money, robo-advisory and crypto-currency.

  • Namita Viswanath, IndusLaw, India, Moderator
  • Karen Lee, Mayer Brown, Hong Kong
  • TG Ramakrishnan, Singapore
  • Nishant Prasad, Scripbox, India 
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Policy and Regulatory Challenges for the Future of Mobility

Grand Ballroom 2, JW Marriott

This panel covers urban mobility, ride sharing, drones, EVs and alternate modes of transport. The panel discusses liability and privacy issue relating to autonomous transportation and changing stance of government on EVs and how EV adoption can be fostered.  

  • Nehaa Chaudhari, Public Policy Lead, Ikigai Law, Delhi, India, Moderator
  • Alok Prasanna Kumar, Senior Resident Fellow and Head of the Karnataka office, Vidhil Legal Policy, Bnagalore, India
  • Viplav Sharma, Uber
  • Shahana Chetterji, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

 

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15:05 to 16:05

Changing IP Landscape in eCommerce and Impact on Intermediaries

Grand Ballroom 2, JW Marriott

The panel discusses changing due diligence standards for intermediaries, notice and takedown standards, parallel imports and grey market sales, advertising and free speech protections, content owners and intermediary relationship, and difficulties posed due to Shreya Singhal and Myspace judgements.

  • Swathi Sukumar, Law Chambers of Swathi Sukumar, India, Moderator
  • Komal Kalha, Acting Officer in Charge, USPTO, Delhi, India
  • Shantanu Sahay, Partner | Litigation, Anand & Anand, Noida, India
  • Harshitha Thammaiah, Xiaomi, India
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Data Sovereignty vs. Free Data: A Debate on Data Localization

Grand Ballroom 1, JW Marriott

A debate on the question – should we localise or not?

  • Samuel Mani, Partner, Mani Chengappa & Mathur, Bangalore, India Moderator
  • Parminder Singh, Executive Director, IT for Change, Bangalore India
  • Raman Jit Singh Chima, Access Now 
  • Beni Chugh, Dvara Research
  • KPS Kohli, Partner, Dhir & Dhir Advocates & Solicitors
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16:10 to 16:55

General Counsel Forum

Grand Ballroom 1, JW Marriott

General counsels have a firm place in the leadership of most companies. Their role as trusted advisors to the board has increased and evolved in the last several years. What are the challenges and opportunities in-house legal teams face today? This ‘Quick Fire’ session focuses on their challenges and opportunities in the current business and legal environment. The conversation will cover legal and regulatory risks, best practices and their outlook for the year 2019.

  • Priti Suri, Founder Partner, PSA, Delhi, India, Moderator
  • Amit Chauhan, InMobi
  • John Thaliath, General Counsel, GE Global Research Centre, Bangalore, India
  • Aditi Jha, General Counsel – India, LinkedIn, India
  • Satish Kumar, Global Head – Legal & Chief Data Protection Officer, Ramco Systems Limited, Chennai, India
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Saving IT Projects in Mediation: Technical, Legal, or Emotional Mediation as a Dispute Resolution Tool

Grand Ballroom 2, JW Marriott

A workshop on mediation and IT contracts.

  • Steve Andersen, Vice-President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Salt Lake City, United States
  • Sohini Mandal, Associate Partner, NovoJuris, Mumbai, India
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17:00 to 18:00

I-WIN: Women in Tech

Grand Ballroom 2, JW Marriott

Speakers:

  • Ashwathy Babu Pillai, Microsoft
  • Revathy Ashok, Co-FounderStrategy Garage

This session is sponsored by Microsoft

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19:30 to 23:00

Gala Reception & Dinner

Join your fellow ITechLaw attendees and guests for the formal Gala Reception and Dinner. The formal Gala Dinner is a hallmark of ITechLaw’s annual conference and is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow attendees.

Business Casual and Indian Traditional Wear recommended; ticketed event.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

08:00 to 09:00

In-House Counsel Breakfast Meeting

Quartz & Sapphire, JW Marriott

Speaker: 

  • Jayant Saran, Deloitte

Breakfast is sponsored by Deloitte

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09:30 to 10:10

Talks on Artificial Intelligence

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

Two of the finest minds from the Industry and the Academician share their thoughts on two diverse topics relating to a gendered perspective and state of the art in AI and mahine learning.

  • Neela Badami, Samvad Partners, India, Moderator
  • Smriti Parsheera, Consultant,  NIPFP (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy), New Delhi, India: AI: A Gendered Perspective
  • Dr. Partha Talukdar, Kenome Technologies / Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India: State of the art in AI and Machine Learning

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10:15 to 10:45

Regulating DNA Technology

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

An interview: Key challenges in regulating DNA technology, splicing and data

  • Shambavi Naik, Research Fellow, Technology and Policy Programme, Takshashila Institution, Bangalore, India, Moderator
  • Murali Neelakantan, Amicus, India
  • Essenese Obhan, Obhan Associates
  • Dr. Dhandapany, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, India
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11:00 to 12:00

Policy Making for the Emerging Tech in India

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

This panel discusses topics which saw deep regulatory engagement, or lack thereof, including drones, e-pharmacy regulation, social media and new technologies, and discusses key issues relating to how technology companies can influence policy decisions, and how to get the government to take note of emerging technologies.

  • Rukmini Rao, India, Moderator
  • Sunil Abraham, CIS, India
  • Rahul Matthan, Partner, Trilegal, Bangalore, India
  • Chetan Krishnaswamy, Google
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12:05 to 13:05

Invest in Asia: Challenges and Developments for M&A in the Tech Sector in Asia

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

This panel examines trends, challenges, and developments affecting deal making in the technology sector in Asia. In addition to identifying areas of growth and churn, the panel discusses the key legal and transactional challenges that investors, both strategic and financial, and their advisors, have had to negotiate in making some of the largest deals of the last year. Additionally, it covers the drivers that will determine what technology deals are done in 2019 and identify new factors that dealmakers should focus on in the year to come including consolidation, new technology and economic cycles and whether recent regulatory developments could impact investor interest.

  • Reeba Chacko, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, India, Moderator
  • Klaas Oskam, DCS Advisory, India
  • P.M. Devaiah, Everstone Capital, India
  • Manish Dugar, Practo, India
  • Ranjan Biswas, Ernst and Young, India
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13:05 to 14:00

Networking Lunch

Grand Ballroom Foyer, JW Marriott

Included buffet lunch for all attendees

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14:00 to 15:00

Internet of Humans to Internet of Things

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

Emerging issues across the globe relating to IoT, including security, liability privacy, spectrum, and safety.

  • Jaipat Jain, Partner, Lazare Potter Giacovas & Moyle, New York City. United States Moderator
  • Kristian Foss, Partner, Bull & Co, Oslo, Norway
  • Teresa Fonte, Associate Osborne Clarke, Köln, Germany
  • Rajeev Chopra, Managing Director – Legal, Accenture, Bangalore, India
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15:05 to 15:45

OTT: Is Convergence a Reality or an Excuse to Regulate

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

This panel begins with the fundamental question of whether there is a need to regulate OTT content and services and goes on to discuss the irrelevance of existing regulations and how old telecom and media regulations need to be reimagined. Convergence is the need of the hour with over regulated traditional content/telecom sector. Is convergence a reality or is it an excuse to regulate?Is convergence a reality or is it an excuse to regulate?

  • Monica Datta, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates, NCR, India Moderator
  • Huzefa Tavawalla, Head, Bangalore Office - Nishith Desai Associates, Bangalore India
  • Vinay Kesari, India

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16:00 to 17:00

Communications Panel: Rethinking Existing Licensing Frameworks and New Challenges

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

This panel discusses telecom regulation over consumer internet, rethinking policy for 5G adoption, and liberalizing the devices market.

  • Kriti Trehan, Partner, Law Offices of Panag & Babu, New Delhi, India, Moderator
  • Naveen Tandon, AT&T India
  • V Sridhar, International Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore, India
  • Sumit Monga, Unlimit, India 

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17:05 to 17:45

Tech in Law: How Technology is Changing the Face of Law and the Life of Lawyers

Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott

Technology entrepreneurs take the stage to give an update on how tech is and is expected to change your lives and profession.

  • Srijoni Sen, Moderator
  • Supriya Sankaran, Vayam 
  • Gaurav Srivastava, Pensieve 
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17:45 to 18:00

Closing Valedictory and Raffle