US, Japan, and Southeast Asia Cooperation on Building a Data Governance Blueprint


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When: Apr 30 2020 - 9:00am until Apr 30 2020 - 10:00am
Where: Zoom meeting

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an
Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Virtual Seminar:

US, Japan, and Southeast Asia Cooperation on Building a Data Governance Blueprint


Mr. Mark Manantan
Visiting Fellow,
U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship
East-West Center in Washington

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

Despite its potential to become a formidable player in the global digital economy, ASEAN lacks a coherent approach to data privacy and security which impedes its ability to become a digital economy powerhouse. However, the Mark Manantanrecent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore and the Philippines provides improved prospects of formulating a broader data governance framework that promotes the open, free and cross-border flow of data in Southeast Asia. There is an opportunity to further develop the scope and breadth of this growing collaboration between the two countries in close cooperation with the United States and Japan. Under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, the US has supported ASEAN’s thriving digital economy through various initiatives that strengthen its data privacy and protection, while Japan during the G20 summit advocated the Osaka Track or the Data Free Flow with Trust Framework. This study will argue that there is a clear convergence among the four states to embrace the free and cross border flow of data. And to realize such convergence into a concrete outcome, this study advances a cooperative framework called the 3C approach: Cross-sectoral Consortium, Capacity Building, and Communication. The 3C approach seeks to maximize existing mechanisms and partnerships across the four states to demonstrate the viability of a pragmatic data governance model grounded on mutual trust. The imperative to demonstrate such a realistic model of data governance lies in two underlying considerations: first, to influence ASEAN’s informal political process relies on persuasion; and second, to mitigate the propensity of Southeast Asian states to embrace a restrictive type of approach towards the open flow of data beyond their borders.

Learn more from Mr. Manantan's Asia Pacific Bulletin

Speaker Biographies

Mark Manantan is a visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington D.C., and the Center for Rule-Making Strategies, Tama University in Tokyo, Japan under the U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia Fellowship. He is also a non-resident fellow at Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan and the founder and strategic director of Bryman Media.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755