3rd APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite Report

The 2017 APRU Digital Economy Business Offsite was the third in a series of programs launched in 2015 under the leadership of Keio University and the Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy (APIDE).

The Offsite took place at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, from 25-26 May, 2017 with the cooperation of Stanford’s US-Asia Technology Management Center.

The meeting brought together top academic experts on the Digital Economy from the APRU member universities matching academic experts with senior business executives from companies that are at the center of growth and innovation in the region’s Digital Economy.


Over the course of the two-day program, the academics and business representatives exchanged views in a highly interactive environment on the key challenges of the emerging Digital Economy in the Asia Pacific regions. The dialogue took place under the Chatham House rule.

The Offsite report brings together key ideas and solutions expressed at the meeting as well as perspectives on the future of Internet and Digital Governance; privacy and cybersecurity; intellectual property and big data; new business and technology models in e-commerce, automobiles, supply chain management and entertainment, the relationship between competition policy and innovation, and the future of digital trade and, finally, the national and regional institutions and processes responsible for promoting it.

With increasing trends of governments in the region as well as in the US and Europe focusing inward, this conference is a timely moment for the academic and business communities to explore avenues for increased cooperation for a digital economic and trade agenda for the region. The 2017 Offsite was an important collaborative effort between Digital Economy policy research groups at Keio University and Stanford University and reflects our shared commitment to building an open, transparent and innovative Digital Economy in the Asia Pacific.