AKPDC 2013: The motions

The teams competing at the 2013 IDEA Asia Karl Popper Debate Championship had two prepared motions, that were used for three rounds each, and four limited preparation rounds. This year AKPDC 2013 participants were able to choose between three topics for their limited preparation rounds, in a similar format with the motion selection process for Australasian intervarsity debating competitions. These were the motions for the 2013 IDEA Asia Karl Popper Debate Championship:

AKPDC rounds 1, 2, quarterfinals:

Developing countries should cease efforts to crack down on digital piracy 

AKPDC rounds 5, 6, final:

Access to the internet should be considered a fundamental human right 

AKPDC Round 3: The Internet and lifestyles

  • Fan pages or websites that glorify mass killers, rapists and other people who do bad things should be banned
  • Parents should be given full access to their children’s social networking accounts
  • Websites that advertise brides from overseas should be banned

AKPDC Round 4: The Internet and crime

  • Governments should hire hackers to track down cyber-criminals
  • Governments should pay their citizens to put up videos of police brutality on social networking sites
  • Online gambling should be allowed everywhere

AKPDC Octos: The Internet and International Relations

  • Online whistle-blowers (such as Wikileaks) have done more harm than good
    Context: Wikileaks is a non-profit, online organisation that publishes secret information and media leaks from anonymous sources
  • States have the right to turn off the internet during times of crisis/conflict/disaster
  • Democratic states should actively assist locals in oppressive regimes to breach internet restrictions

AKPDC Semis: The Internet and privacy

  • Online anonymity should be abolished
  • States should be able to monitor internet usage of individuals suspected of criminal activity
  • States should create an online public database of criminals


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