Jim Foster Presents at IAF Asia Discussion Group Teleconference

On 25 March, the IAF Asia Discussion Group held a teleconference on recent developments in Asia with an emphasis on Japan. The call featured Jim Foster, who is the director of the Keio International Centre for the Internet and Society and a professor at the Keio University Law School.

Japan will soon be enacting a new privacy law that will update the current statute. The new law will include numerous provisions that leave discretion to the new office of the privacy commissioner. The Foundation’s work on legitimate interests and ethical big data are materials that may be helpful to Japan as the details of their privacy regime are developed. In addition to Japan, the call covered data protection policy in the broader context of Asia and how it relates to policy around the world.

Director, Keio International Centre for the Internet and Society
Professor Foster is interested in the intersection of technology and policy with a particular focus on how regulatory frameworks fosterimpact on innovation and growth. He is also active on global Internet governance issues, especially as they related to privacy, security and competition policy concerns.

He is a former Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and a founder of the ACCJ Internet Economy Task Force, which supports the US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 and received his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1980. He is a former US diplomat and worked as Director of Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Tokyo.

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