Advisory Panel

The advisory committee consist of individuals and groups that have taken the time and efforts of their plates in order to provide the steering committee with feedback and advise on running the event. Since this is the first Y-IGF in Malaysia, we’ll need all the help we can get to make this event a success! As such, the individuals listed below are very much thanked for the time and effort they’ve put into helping us run this event.

Gayathry Venkiteswaran is Assistant Professor at the School of Media, Languages and Cultures at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, where she teaches media, politics and gender. In her previous work with press freedom organisations, the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance and the Malaysian Centre for Independent Journalism, she actively pursued digital freedoms and internet rights in the organisations’ advocacy and capacity building activities. 

Gayathry first attended the 2008 IGF in Hyderabad and has since participated as panelist in the 2013, 2014 and 2017 forums. She has also organised the participation of journalists and free speech activists from Southeast Asia at the 2013 and 2014 forums in Bali and Istanbul, to increase media attention and interest in the issues as well as to encourage networking between different stakeholders in the region. 

She has written several reports focused on online freedoms, of which two were commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications. The reports are Let the mob do the job: How the proponents of hatred are threatening freedom of expression and religion in Asia (2017) and Freedom of assembly and association online in India, Malaysia and Pakistan: Trends, challenges and recommendations (2016).

Sze Ming is a programme manager and coordinator for the National Internet Governance Forum Malaysia for the civil society organization stakeholders. She possesses extensive experience in managing, developing and implementing innovative development programmes for government and civil society on the topic of digital technologies in the context of politically or technically constrained environments.

She also has extensive experience and knowledge applying multidisciplinary perspective, cross-practice knowledge in tech space through her engagement on human rights, environmental issues, government policy development, governance and transparency, digital rights in Asia-Pacific, and youth capacity building.

She is currently an APrIGF MSG member, APrIGF Fellowship Committee member, RightsCon Young Leaders Summit co-founder and organizer.

Louis Liaw is an advocate and solicitor at RamRais & Partners. His legal practice portfolio includes both civil dispute resolution and criminal defence, but he is particularly passionate about public interest and human rights related litigation. Louis is an elected member of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee for the term 2019/2020. He is also appointed as the Chairperson of the KLBC’s Publications Committee. Louis is a strong advocate for digital rights and is Internet Society’s Youth Ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum 2019. 

Edmon Chung is serving as the CEO for DotAsia Organisation and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF). Edmon serves also on the board of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), and on the Executive Committee of Internet Society Hong Kong, which serves as the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) and participates extensively on Internet governance issues.

Since 2002, Edmon played a leadership role in the region-wide .Asia initiative.  DotAsia is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia.  Since its launch in 2008, DotAsia has contributed significantly to a variety of community projects in Asia, including for example: APrIGF.Asia, ISIF.Asia, NetMission.Asia, MaD.Asia and others.

Edmon is an inventor of patents underlying technologies for internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses on the Internet.  Edmon has served on many global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet. Furthermore, Edmon has also served as an elected member on the ICANN GNSO Council, the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) from the Asia Pacific Region, and the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Information Technology Subsector.