Date: Thursday, 07 December 2023

Time: 06:00 - 07:00 UTC (for the time in various time zones click here)

How do I participate in this meeting?

English Conference ID = 1638

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Zoom Recording: EN

Audio Recording: EN

Chat: EN

Transcript: EN

Participants: Justine Chew, Gopal Tadepalli, Amrita Choudhury, Aris Ignacio, Bikram Shrestha, Bill Jouris, Cheryl Langdon-Orr, Dr. Shamsuzzoha, Dr. Vladimer Svanadze, Hong Xue, Jess Pacis, Juliana Harsianti, Katarina Gevorgyan, Laxmi Prasad Yadav, Nabeel Yasin, Phyo Thiri Lwin, Prateek Pathak, Paval Farhan, Ankita Rathi, Shah Zahidur Rahman, Shita Laksmi, Suhaidi Hassan, Vesmira Harutyunyan, Waqas Hassan, Winthrop Yu, Amir Qayyum, K Mohan Raidu, Kapil Goyal, Sébastien Bachollet, Madiha Shafique, Faheem Soomro, Nazmul Hasan Majumder, Mohammad Kawsar Uddin, Adebunmi Akinbo, Raymond Mamattah, Niranjan Patel

Apologies: None

Staff: Gisella Gruber, Jia-Rong Low, Athena Foo, Hiromitsu Higashi, Siranush Vardanyan, Yeşim Sağlam

Call Management: Yeşim Sağlam

You are invited to participate the fourth APRALO Policy Forum Fireside Chat: "Let's Talk About Internet Fragmentation" on Thursday 07 December 2023 at 06:00 UTC for 60 minutes, where Justine Chew, APRALO Policy Forum Chair, will be chatting with her guest, Jia-Rong Low, ICANN Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director - Asia Pacific. Join us to learn about how Internet Fragmentation impacts us as Internet end-users, and share your points of view on this topic with us then. 

Internet Fragmentation continues to be a significant concern within Internet Governance spaces and a hot topic of discourse around the world.  In Oct 2023, the Internet Governance community turned up in force in Japan for IGF 2023 Kyoto hosted by the United Nations, to discuss the topic through one of 8 themes: "Avoiding Internet Fragmentation."   

Digwatch, wrote in its report on IGF 2023, that, "Internet fragmentation would pose significant challenges to the global and interconnected nature of the internet. It would hinder communication, stifle innovation, and undermine the intended functioning of the internet", citing geopolitical tensions, misinformation, and digital protectionism as escalating threats pressuring the reshaping internet governance, potentially compromising the openness of the Internet.

  • What does Internet Fragmentation mean and how does it impact individual end-users?
  • What are some of the dimensions of fragmentation and who are some of the key infrastructural players in those dimensions?
  • What role does ICANN have or wish to have, as a multi-stakeholder model, in addressing Internet Fragmentation risks, given its "One World, One Internet" goal, and how can the At-Large Community support ICANN's endeavour?

Don't forget to pre-register your participation! And if you have any, please let us have your questions on this topic by posting them as comments to this wiki page below; or if you prefer, submit them by emailing staff at


1. Roll call - Staff (2 mins)
2. Welcome & Introduction - Justine Chew (1 min)
3. Let's chat! - Justine Chew, Jia-Rong Low, participants (45 min) Presentation
4. Participant Feedback / Poll (10 mins)
5. Concluding Remarks - Jia-Rong Low and Justine Chew (2 min)
6. Close

Guest Speaker & Moderator Profiles

Jia-Rong Low joined ICANN in August of 2013 and is now the Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement and Managing Director - Asia Pacific. An international executive with Foreign Service credentials, Jia-Rong is stationed in Singapore and leads the teams at the APAC Regional Office, overseeing the expansion of ICANN's operations in the region. Jia-Rong works with key stakeholders to bring ICANN to the region, and facilitate stakeholders to participate in multistakeholder internet governance. Jia-Rong has been engaging governments and businesses on a multitude of policy and business development projects in the Southeast Asia region, and spent the bulk of his career deeply involved in engagement and public policy development in Asia. He holds a Diploma in International Trade Law from the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Communications Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University. Jia-Rong has a love for languages and cultures. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and Vietnamese; and is currently also learning Arabic.

Justine Chew is Chair of the APRALO Policy Forum. She is also the ALAC Member re-selected by the ICANN Nominating Committee to represent the AAPAC Region for 2023-2025, a role which she first held in 2019-2021, and was recently named as ALAC Vice-Chair for 2023-2024. Also, Justine continues to serve as the ALAC Liaison to the GNSO where she provides input of the ALAC and At-Large in matters of interest overseen by the GNSO Council.  As the At-Large liaison on Subsequent Procedures in 2018-2021, Justine led a small team that drove the the At-Large's consensus-building efforts which produced ALAC statements, as well as ALAC Advice to the ICANN Board on the subject. This led to her being a regular speaker on Subsequent Procedures and the Next Round of New gTLDs in various fora, including ICANN Public Meetings.  Justine is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, and practices law in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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