İstanbul Bilgi University IT Law Institute in Collaboration with Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University: "ICT, Law and Innovation: Recent Developments, Challenges and Lessons Learned", 23 May 2013, İstanbul

Hilton Convention Center
Thursday, May 23
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast (for speakers and only Guests)
Welcome Addresses
Prof. Dr. Turgut Tarhanlı, Dean, Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Remzi Sanver, Rector, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
Dr. Tayfun Acarer, President, Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), Turkey
8:30 – 9:00 Keynote: ICT, Law, and Innovation – An Introduction
Nagla Rizk, Associate Dean, The American University in Cairo, Egypt & Faculty Associate, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
In this keynote, Prof. Rizk will introduce the symposium’s theme, discuss findings from economic research about the interplay among ICT laws and innovation, and share examples from practice. Her presentation will explore the importance of general framework conditions as well as the role of specific ICT laws, addressing instances where such laws have had an impact on innovation as an enabler, leveler, or constraining force.
Session I: Developments in ICT Laws in Turkey and the Region
9:00 – 10:00 Roundtable Discussion
In this session, scholars, representatives from industry, and other practitioners will provide an overview of current developments in ICT law and regulation in Turkey and the surrounding region, and discuss the (potential) impact of these laws on innovation and entrepreneurship across sectors—including business, health, and education—from an interdisciplinary angle.
Leyla Keser, Director, Information and Technology Law Institute, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
Yasin Beceni, Managing Partner, BTS & Partners, Turkey
Burak Aydın, General Manager, Intel Turkey
Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Legal and Corporate Affairs MEA Region Director, Microsoft
Serhat Özeren, Chairman of Internet Improvement Board
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:15 Roundtable: Online Business and Education
This session will address developments as they relate to online businesses and educational institutions. The discussion will focus on the anticipated ramifications of the proposed data protection law, cybersecurity legislation, and issues concerning cloud computing.
Urs Gasser, Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA
Nilay Erdem, Director, BTS & Partners, Turkey
Mustafa Ilkhan, Ministry of National Education, General Directorate for Innovation and Education Technologies, Turkey
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Panel: Internet Governance
Building on earlier discussions, this session will focus on pressing Internet governance issues, including controversial freedom of speech and related human rights issues, from a regional perspective. Participants will seek to identify areas of convergence as well as disagreement, both nationally and internationally, and discuss the short- and anticipated long-term impact of different approaches on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Wolfgang Schulz, Director, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society, Germany
Osman Nihat Şen, Head, Telecommunications Authority, Turkey
Mehmet Bedii Kaya, Research Assistant, Bilgi University IT Law Institute, Turkey
Aslı Tunç, Professor, School of Communications at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
Chinmayi Arun, Assistant Professor, National Law University, Delhi, India
Mira Burri, Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch ( for speakers and only Guests)
Session 2: Observations and Lessons Learned from other Countries
14:30 – 15:30 Fireside Chat: Laws of the Internet and Their Impact on Innovation
In this fireside chat, leading experts on Internet law and policy matters—from Africa, Asia, Turkey, and the US—will be interviewed and invited to share their observations regarding the laws of cyberspace and their impact on innovation in core areas of life, ranging from business to education and culture.
Charles Nesson, Founder and Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA
Ang Peng Hwa, Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Doron Avni, Senior Policy Manager Middle East, North Africa, Israel & Turkey, Google
Rahul Bhargava, Research Specialist, MIT Center for Civic Media, USA
Alex Gakuru, Chairman, ICT Consumers Association of Kenya (ICAK), Kenya
15:30 – 16:45 Case Studies: Lessons Learned
In this segment, three brief case studies from different countries/regions will be
presented to distill key lessons learned regarding the practice of ICT laws and innovation.
Urs Gasser, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA
International Data Protection Compliance: Cost of Compliance/Non-Compliance for Multinational Companies of Turkey
Nilay Erdem, Director, BTS & Partners, Turkey
Henriette Picot, Counsel, Bird & Bird LLP, Germany
Safe Harbors and ICT Intermediaries
Joris van Hoboken, Senior Researcher, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Role of ICT in Political and Civic ParticipationSpeaker:Alexander Trechsel, Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Italy
16:45 – 17:00 Coffee Break
Session 3: Towards Good Policy-Making
17:00 – 18:30 Roundtable Discussion: Reflections and Next Steps
Synthesizing the takeaways from the previous sessions, a group of scholars and practitioners from Turkey will join international guests to discuss the contours of a set of good-practice principles for ICT policy-making that aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. Participants will also consider existing efforts in good Internet policy-making, including OECD principles, among others, and questions of measurement and evaluation.
Erkan Saka, Assistant Professor, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
Venancio Massingue, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Mozambique
Charles Nesson, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA
Kyung Sin Park, Professor, Korea University School of Law, Korea
Wolfgang Schulz, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society, Germany
Ussal Şahbaz, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey

Welcome Cocktail (for speakers and only Guests)
Dinner (for speakers and only Guests)
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