Debate 2 Regulate Future Online Safety Leaders

Debate to Regulate, or D2R, is an innovative program focused on shaping a new generation of future policymakers, lawyers, tech leaders, and other professionals from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, equipping them with the tools to be champions of online safety in their respective countries and the region. 

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The program, delivered by the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, or AASYP, and the eSafety Commissioner of Australia (eSafety),  will spotlight the importance of a human rights-based approach to online safety regulation and foster a Safety by Design mindset in emerging leaders and future educational and advocacy initiatives.

D2R will focus on building skills, knowledge and awareness through two key program components.

The program will begin with a series of virtual education workshops led by the experts from eSafety, providing foundational knowledge on online safety and our region.

Delegates will then convene for a two-day Model UN-style conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2024. As a delegate, you will work in a team of four alongside your fellow country representatives, to produce a resolution on the topic of online safety and human rights-based regulation at the end of the two days.

Successful applicants will be provided with funding to support their participation in the program, designed to cover the full costs of attendance at D2R in Bangkok.

Who is this program for?

  • Individuals passionate about the intersection between technology and human rights
  • Nationals of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia
  • Current undergraduate or postgraduate university students
  • Aged 18-29 years old

Program Summary

  • D2R is a funded program. Delegates will be provided with funding for return economy airfares, program activities, accommodation, and meals during the in-person program, up to a specified value. 
  • Delegates will be expected to fund their air fares upfront, and will be reimbursed up to a stipulated amount upon successful completion of all program components. More information, including support for delegates who cannot fund their flights up front, will be available provided to successful applicants. 

Program Schedule

*Please note that virtual workshop dates and times are subject to confirmation

Why Apply?

Why should you apply?

Core skills gained

  • Develop crucial skills and perspectives in digital trends that will shape the future of ASEAN and Australia 
  • Influence decision-making and become an advocate for online safety regulation in your home country and in the ASEAN-Australia region
  • Gain knowledge and first-hand insights from leading diplomats, academics, and policy practitioners
  • Network with international peers and leaders in private, public, and civil society
  • Build your confidence in public speaking
  • Have the opportunity to travel to Bangkok, Thailand on a funded basis
  • Get access to AASYP’s exclusive alumni network
  • Diplomacy and Negotiation
  • Research and Policy
  • Public Speaking and Pitching
  • Problem-Solving
  • Team Collaboration
  • Leadership


Who can apply?

We are looking for people who:

To be eligible for the D2R Program, participants must meet the following application requirements:

  • A citizen or permanent resident of one of the following countries: Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, or Vietnam;
  • Aged between 18-29 years old at the time of application;
  • Possess a good command of written and spoken English.

To be considered as a team member:

  • You must be an undergraduate university student at the time of application and cannot have formally graduated before the D2R main event in Bangkok.

To be considered as a team leader:

  • You must have completed an undergraduate university degree at the time of application, and are a current young professional or postgraduate student.
  • Are passionate about the intersection between technology, human rights, and online safety regulation in their home country or within the ASEAN-Australia region
  • Have demonstrated understanding and interest in the ASEAN-Australia relationship
  • Are committed to making change in the field of online safety regulation in their home country or within the ASEAN-Australia region
  • Have demonstrated potential as a future leader in their home country and the region
  • Have a background or work experience in a field that they can demonstrate is relevant to online safety regulation

The selection criteria will assess your motivation, leadership potential and willingness to commit to the program.

Step 01

Application Submission

Application Submission

Submit your application by completing the online form by 3 March 2024, 11.59pm AEDT.

Step 02

Selection Process

Selection Process

Successful applicants will be contacted, offered a place in the program, and be supplied with detailed information regarding the program, including funding details. Acceptance of the offer requires supplying personal information and agreeing to program terms.

Step 03

Program Briefing

Team Introduction & Program Briefing

Accepted delegates will be introduced to their team members, and be briefed on the program specifics.

Step 04

Online Workshops

Online Workshops

Three online workshops will be conducted: The first two workshops will be led by the eSafety Commissioner of Australia, covering Australia’s online safety model, Safety by Design, and expectations for the Model UN simulation.

Step 05

Conference Arrival

Summit Arrival

Delegates will arrive in Bangkok, Thailand for the two-day program on May 2-3, 2024.

To complete the application form you will need to: 

  1. Ensure you satisfy the eligibility criteria 
  2. Provide basic demographic information
  3. Prepare your resume/CV
  4. Obtain a reference letter/report from an academic or professional referee commenting on your suitability for the program.
  5. Respond to a series of questions assessing your suitability against the selection criteria. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

D2R aims to integrate a human rights-based approach to online safety regulation, foster a Safety by Design mindset, and provide practical skills to participants through a Model UN Competition.

The Model UN Competition is designed to simulate a global problem-solving scenario related to online safety regulation and human rights, encouraging collaborative resolutions from selected delegates.

D2R will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 2-3, 2024, at ASEAN Universities Network in Chulalongkorn University.

Yes, D2R is a funded programme, covering return flight tickets (on a reimbursement basis upon successful programme completion), accommodation, meals, and programme activities during the conference dates.

The program includes virtual education workshops, a two-day Model UN event, and resources for online safety discussions.

Delegates will be assigned into teams consisting of four participants for the Model UN simulation. Each team will have three team members and one team leader, who will work collaboratively to produce a resolution at the end of D2R.

Citizens or permanent residents aged 18-29 from Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, or Vietnam, who have completed or are currently completing an undergraduate degree

No, successful applicants must be available for both the 2-day programme in Thailand and the pre-programme online workshops.

D2R team members must be current undergraduate students.  If you have completed an undergraduate degree, you are eligible to be a team leader.

You can submit a short character reference from an academic or professional referee who knows you well.

While previous debating experience will be desirable, D2R provides practical training and support for all selected delegates to make the most of their time at the event. Selected delegates will undergo virtual education sessions covering Australia’s online safety model, Model UN simulations, and relevant information about the ASEAN-Australia relationship prior to attending the in-person conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Yes, you will not be disqualified or find this event difficult, but we do encourage all applicants to do some research to see if this thematic area will be a good fit for them and their learning. Typically, AASYP is looking for people with passion over experience. 

Yes, participants are required to attend virtual education workshops to gain essential knowledge about online safety regulations and Model UN simulations.

For additional details or queries, you can contact AASYP at

About the Organisers

The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP) is a non-profit organisation that empowers young individuals aged 18-29 from across the ASEAN and Australia region. AASYP aims to build knowledge, inspire engagement, and create connections to give young people a voice on the complex regional issues that need to be solved together.

The eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s online safety regulator. eSafety has a range of regulatory functions and powers, which aim to safeguard Australians at risk of online harms and promote safer, more positive online experiences. eSafety has powers relating to cyberbullying, image-based abuse, and illegal and harmful online content.

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