Data privacy experts and industry leaders gather at the first-ever Rakuten Viber Asia Summit

After the world saw several breaches that made billions of digital users vulnerable to identity theft and other threats, securing data privacy is becoming an integral part of navigating the online world. As organizations across the world come under more pressure than ever before to safeguard the data of their users, Viber, one of the most popular and secure messaging apps in the world, takes the lead by hosting its first-ever Rakuten Viber Asia Summit to stress the importance of data ethics and privacy.

The event gathers Viber executives, industry leaders, and popular creators at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa to discuss current technology trends in Asia and the relevance of data protection in making and maintaining formidable business solutions. Rakuten Viber Asia Summit encourages attendees composed of C-level executives, cybersecurity experts, and other key decision-makers to participate and share actionable insights that will help brands and services gain new perspectives on data privacy, and its effects on organizations and consumers.

“Asia is one of the most thriving digital hubs in the world, and its digital users are among the most active online. Viber is fully committed to our users and their privacy. By initiating an important next step in  data protection, we aim to encourage other companies to do the same and take the necessary steps to protect consumers as well,” says Viber CEO, Djamel Agaoua. “After this event, we want our partners and guests to bring home insights and practices they can apply to their own industry.”

Dr. Meri Rosich, Visa Chief Data Officer and Head of Data Science, kickstarts the summit with a talk on how today’s organizations can succeed with ethical artificial intelligence. She is then joined by Saemin Ahn, Rakuten Ventures Managing Partner; Chy Sila, Sabay Digital Media CEO; and Shehan Selvanayagam, Managing Director of Loops for a panel discussion on how Asian consumers value their privacy.

Fitness and beauty expert Nancy Nhung Bui from Vietnam, lifestyle entrepreneur Christina Lim from Myanmar, Sri Lankan movie star Yureni Noshika, and Nepalese celebrity Priyanka Karki will also join the summit in a conversation on how influencers can protect their own digital reputation while working with brands.

Today, a safe space is no longer confined in a physical environment—a digital safe space is also a must. Viber continues its long-time pledge to data security with Rakuten Viber Asia Summit, this time rallying other organizations to do the same.


About Rakuten Viber:
At Rakuten Viber, we connect people. No matter who they are, or where they are from. Our global user base has access to a range of features like one-on-one chats, video calls, group messaging, and updates and discussions with their favorite brands and celebrities. We ensure our users have a secure and free environment to share their emotions. 

Rakuten Viber is part of Rakuten Inc., a world leader in e-commerce and financial services. It is the official communication channel of FC Barcelona, and the official instant messaging and calling app partner of the Golden State Warriors.

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Press release distributed by EloQ Communications.

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