Plans for Asia Internet superhighway

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap), under the direction of the UN, expects its member countries to enter a pact on what it dubs the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway by 2017 to speed up the process of regional integration.  The initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband internet across Asia-Pacific and strengthen internet infrastructure in the region.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/438016/plans-for-asia-internet-superhighway

Mark Zuckerberg promises PM Narendra Modi mobile app for Clean India

NEW DELHI: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the firm would create and launch a mobile application devoted to Clean India, during a conversation where they discussed the PM’s pet projects such as Digital India and his hopes to use the networking site’s use for social causes and prevent its misuse by terror outfits.  Zuckerberg told the Prime Minister that he is extremely excited about the government’s Digital India initiative. Modi, a prolific user of social media platforms with nearly 7 million followers on Twitter and around 23 million people following him on Facebook, has asked Zuckerberg to identify domains of the program that it can get involved in and work with the government.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/mark-zuckerberg-promises-pm-narendra-modi-mobile-app-for-clean-india/articleshow/44779335.cms

Zuckerberg launches $1 million Facebook fund for apps that help India’s poorest

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his India visit today with a startling stat: 69 percent of Indians have no clue how the internet can help them. Zuckerberg shared this stark evidence of a digital divide during an address at the Internet.org Summit in New Delhi. Internet.org was founded by Facebook, Samsung, and several other groups, with a mission to bring internet access to under-served regions and people. As part of this initiative, Zuckerberg today launched a US$1 million fund for apps in numerous Indian languages for farmers and various social services. Internet.org will conduct a contest to pick the apps to back.

http://www.techinasia.com/zuckerberg-launches-facebook-fund-for-india-rural-poor/

I am excited about PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook who is visiting India, is on a mission to get more and more Indians online. In his keynote address, Zuckerberg talked about how he plans to get millions of Indians online. During an interaction, he also talked about net neutrality, starting up, privacy and meeting Prime Minister Modi.  The thing I am really excited about is the Prime Minister’s whole Digital India initiative.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/i-am-excited-about-pm-narendra-modis-digital-india-initiative-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg/articleshow/44765285.cms

United Nations Builds Big Data Lab With Baidu

The United Nations Development Programme and Baidu reached a strategic deal to build a big data lab together. This lab aims to research and use big data technology to solve global issues like environmental protection, health, education, and disaster relief. This lab will focus on using Baidu’s big data technology to analyze and process industrial data and make trend prediction to provide suggestions for development strategy formulation at the United Nations.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/25/20835-united-nations-builds-big-data-lab-with-baidu

Taiwan science parks 1H14 revenues up 0.14% on year, says MOST

The government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated combined revenues of NT$1.065 trillion (US$35.48 billion) in first-half 2014, growing 0.14% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The three science parks posted combined export value of NT$658.926 billion in the period, decreasing 4.37% on year, and combined import value increased 1.35% on year to NT$396.486 billion, MOST said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140821VL201.html

Baidu partners with U.N. to tackle e-waste in China

Chinese search engine Baidu and the United Nations Development Program are hoping to streamline the recycling of e-waste in China with a new app that can help users easily sell their old electronics for cash. The Web-based app called “Baidu Recycle Station” launched Monday as part a new joint lab established by the Chinese company and the U.N. group. The lab will use Baidu’s Internet services and data analytics to develop programs targeted at helping the environment, health care, education and more. Baidu has already been working to analyze data from the Internet for applications as various as forecasting flu outbreaks and predicting the outcome of the World Cup.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/baidu-partners-with-un-to-tackle-e-waste-in-china/

Robust IT infrastructures are steadily developing

According to Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), Australia, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand are the 4 top countries ranked as ‘Cloud Ready Leaders’ by developing fresh approaches towards next generation and cloud computing services. “The countries’ cloud readiness are assessed against 10 criteria, namely privacy; international connectivity; data sovereignty; broadband quality; government regulatory environment and usage; power grid and green policy; intellectual property protection; business sophistication; data centre risk; and freedom of information.” Asia Cloud Computing Association.

http://prwire.com.au/pr/45036/robust-it-infrastructures-are-steadily-developing

Digital currency association formed to boost uptake in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A private sector initiative to boost local uptake of digital currencies such as Bitcoins has resulted in the formation of the Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises and Start-ups, SIngapore (ACCESS). In a statement released on Monday (June 16), ACCESS said it is a fully registered society with the Registry of Societies under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) representing various businesses within Singapore’s Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency ecosystem. These businesses include exchanges, merchant transaction services, vending machines, and miners, it stated.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/digital-currency/1164726.html

Vice president of ITRI honored with Fellow membership of SID

TAIPEI — The vice president of Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), has been honored in Los Angeles with Fellow membership of the Society for Information Display (SID), a leading global display industry group. The award is in recognition of Janglin Chen’s contributions to the development of flexible displays, substrate technology FlexUPD, and thermally re-writable i2R e-Paper, an electronic paper, ITRI said in a statement released Tuesday.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/04/409311/Vice-president.htm

WHAT COULD A PRINCIPLES-BASED CLOUD COMPUTING FRAMEWORK FOR REGULATORS LOOK LIKE?

There have been reams of articles written about cloud computing for both government and the private sector. These have focused primarily on the agility of cloud, its economics of scale and security. Gartner predicts that almost half of large enterprises will have deployed some form of cloud by the end of 2017. Many industries in the private sector provide services that are subject to government oversight through regulatory regimes.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/may/21/what-could-principles-based-cloud-computing-framew/

ITRI predicts Taiwan’s laser industry will increase output

TAIPEI — The output of Taiwan’s laser industry will grow rapidly over the next few years as the government is promoting the sector, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said Monday. Aiming to make the government’s “Laser Valley” project in southern Taiwan a key player in the global market, Taiwan plans to set up 10 industrial clusters, with total production value reaching NT$20 billion (US$663.78 million) by 2016, the ITRI said in a research note.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/05/20/408120/ITRI-predicts.htm

Cloud Assessment Tool helps match needs with products

To help prospective users of cloud computing objectively assess the operational, performance and other critical capabilities offered by different cloud providers, the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) has put together a Cloud Assessment Tool (CAT). In doing so, it hopes users will be better positioned to select the right cloud solution for their given requirement. The product was the result of over 2 years of extensive and in-depth discussions within the group.

http://www.zdnet.com/cloud-assessment-tool-helps-match-needs-with-products-7000028095/

GSMA, Cyberport and Communications Association of Hong Kong Host 2014 Asia Innovation Forum

TAG indexThe GSMA today announced that, together with Cyberport and the Communications Association of Hong Kong (CAHK), it is hosting the GSMA-Cyberport 2014 Asia Innovation Forum 23-24 April at the Cyberport Conference and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. Under the theme of “Building a More Vibrant Mobile Ecosystem through Innovation and Collaboration”, the event will bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem, including mobile operators, Internet companies, incubators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, regulators and academia, and will focus on innovation and the role of various sectors in accelerating innovation.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3065857

Delta Electronics showcasing energy-efficient solutions at Hanover Messe 2014

Taiwan-based power management solution provider Delta Electronics is exhibiting energy-efficient products and solutions at Hanover Messe 2014, an annual industrial technology fair taking place in Hanover, Germany, during April 7-11, according to the company. From 2010 to 2013, Delta Electronics’ energy-efficient products and solutions resulted in total power savings of 11.9 billion kWh, equivalent to a reduction in carbon emissions of 6.38 million tons, the company said.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140409PD204.html

Huawei Launches APAC’s First Ever OpenDaylight Lab

SHENZHEN, China — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the opening of its OpenDaylight (ODL) Lab in Shenzhen, China. OpenDaylight is an open and collaborative network programmability platform for software defined networking (SDN). It also creates a solid foundation for network virtualization function (NFV) for networks of any size or scale. The Huawei run ODL Lab will become the first of its kind in Asia Pacific, and second in the world to be hosted by a third-party as part of the approved OpenDaylight Community Labs list.

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140409-905283.html

GSMA Provides New Updates For Mobile Asia Expo 2014

LONDON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA today announced that the CEOs of Kakao, KT Corp., LINE, Telenor and ZTE will be among the executives delivering keynote presentations in the Mobile Forum at GSMA Mobile Asia Expo 2014. In addition to the first keynote speakers, the GSMA announced several new exhibitors at Mobile Asia Expo, as well as additional programmes and partner events. Mobile Asia Expo will be held 11-13 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Shanghai.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3034294

Globe hosts Asian cloud computing confab

GLOBE Telecom recently welcomed top executives of the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA), an industry association composed of companies from the cloud computing ecosystem in Asia, as it held its Quarterly Members’ Meeting and Quarterly Board Meeting at The Globe Tower in Taguig City, Philippines. According to its Cloud Readiness Index, the Philippines scaled up two spots in the rankings in terms of cloud adoption in Asia last year – from No. 12 to No. 10 – ahead of Vietnam, India, Indonesia and China.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/business/2014/03/19/globe-hosts-asian-cloud-computing-confab-333896

ITRI and Open Compute Project Foundation Celebrate Opening of Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Certification Testing Center

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — (Marketwired) — 03/04/14 — ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech R&D institutions, and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, celebrated the opening of the ITRI OCP Global Certification Testing Center at the OCP Taiwan Forum on March 4th. The new center will provide global validation service in support of OCP Foundation’s vision for open sourced hardware.

http://www.einpresswire.com/article/193422284/itri-and-open-compute-project-foundation-celebrate-opening-of-open-compute-project-ocp-global-certification-testing-center

Zuckerberg says Philippine telco’s initiative is a model for more connected communities

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that the number of people in the Philippines using mobile web connections has doubled since Facebook’s partnership with local telco Globe Telecom started. Last October, Globe started giving subscribers free access to Facebook through their mobile phones. This was a partnership the telco and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) inked as part of Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative to get more people connected to the Internet.

http://www.techinasia.com/zuckerberg-philippine-telcos-initiative-model-connected-communities/