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The main way we achieve that goal is by providing live forums, the biggest of which are our biennial international conferences, where we respond to specific needs as they develop. Beyond that, we also have a membership journal, newsletter, and this website.

Message from the Chair

ITS Chair Stephen Schmidt

Dear ITS Colleagues:

(ITS Chair’s Opening Remarks from the ITS Webinar: OTT and Live streaming: An Asian perspective (09 December 2021)


Thank you to everyone who is joining us today from around the world – and a big thank you, in particular, to our speakers who are joining us from Asia, where it is very late right now.

Today’s webinar is the 11th ITS webinar since the onset of the pandemic, which have covered timely and diverse topics such as remote work, deep fakes, smart cities, and COVID 19 tracking and tracing apps, and more.

And this is the third in a series of webinars, this fall, on digital platforms, where we have covered false information, the comparative regulation of digital platforms and, today, OTT and live streaming in Asia.

Today’s webinar:

Asia is home to half of the world’s internet users.

Asia is a commercial battleground where local and regional OTT providers (from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and more) compete head-to-head with US streaming giants (Netflix, Disney, Amazon, Apple) and as well as with Chinese streaming giants.

Asia is a policy battleground for OTT, as well.  This is particularly true in countries like South Korea, that are charting an independent policy path that is neither the way of America, nor the way of Europe, nor the way of China – but distinctly local and distinctly Korean.       Korea, and her peers, have important lessons for the world.

Telecommunications Policy

The official, multidisciplinary journal of ITS