IT News — iiNet has secured a multi-year infrastructure-as-a-service deal with the South Australian government that will see agencies source on-demand computing out of iiNet’s Adelaide-based data centres. The internet service provider – through its Internode subsidiary – will deliver its ‘gCloud’ branded service to the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, and the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion under the new deal, with opportunities to expand the deal to other state entities in the future.
IT News — China’s legislature has adopted a sweeping national security law that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses. A core component of the law, passed by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), is to make all key network infrastructure and information systems “secure and controllable”.
Enterprise Innovation — Singapore faces the prospect of a shrinking and aging citizen population – compounded by low birth rates, the number of seniors aged over 65 years, will more than double from 430,000 today to over 900,000 in 2030. By then, one in five will be 65 and above as compared to one in nine now.
Vietnam Net — The project, which was approved by the Government in 2010, is funded through 400 million USD from Japan ’s official development assistance (ODA) and the balance from the Vietnamese Government. In March 2012, the Ministry of Finance and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement worth over 15.2 billion JPY (123.2 million USD) for the project.
Vietnam Net — A report released days ago by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup Institute showed that Vietnamese youth do not watch TV for information but instead get updated information through online channels. Facebook is one of the three most popular sources of information. Facebook’s business report shows there are 20 million people using Facebook in Vietnam each day and 30 million a month.
Business Standard — Supporting the Digital India initiative, world’s largest software maker Microsoft Corp today said it will help the government in efforts to “transform” the country through technological innovations. In a video message on the occasion of launch of Digital India week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said technology can support the government’s initiatives in key areas of the programme including rural internet connectivity, digital cloud services for all and communications and productivity services for the government.
Economic Times — NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ drive will open up huge opportunities in health and education for rural areas, creating a large number of jobs, billionaire Anil Agarwal said today. Agarwal, who heads the mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc, is the Non-Executive Chairman of Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) which is involved majorly in laying the optical fibre network to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchyats.
Reuters — Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged more companies to make electronic and digital goods on Wednesday, reviving his campaign promise to bridge India’s digital divide backed by over $70 billion in investment pledges. Launching a “Digital India Week” aimed at popularising the government’s push to connect 250,000 villages by 2019, Modi spoke of the need to boost local manufacturing of electronics – the country’s largest import after oil.
NDTV — NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presenting the government’s roadmap to digitise India as he inaugurates Digital India Week at a big function in Delhi. 10,000 guests, including top business leaders are expected to attend.
India Today — Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally launch the Digital India Project via video conferencing in two village panchayats of the district on Wednesday. The Digital India Project, a pet scheme of the Modi government, aims to connect all gram panchayats by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy.
Times of India — INDORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally launch the Digital India Project via video conferencing in two village panchayats of the district today, a senior official said. The Digital India Project, a pet scheme of the Modi government, aims to connect all gram panchayats by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: People can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement said. Among the other cities are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai. This latest update to Google Maps makes traffic information available for all national highways and expressways in India, it added.
Vietnam Net — The two-day summit attracted the participation of more than 500 representatives, with two-thirds of them coming from organisations and firms that have applied IT in their operations. This proves that IT has been receiving growing attention from all sections. Participants at this year’s summit, themed “ITC and Smart Management,” discussed how to apply IT in all aspects of life, especially in the Government’s areas of concern such as health care, transportation, and other public services.
Times of India — The government has announced digital locker facility that will help citizens to digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates. Called DigiLocker, it is aimed at eliminating the use of physical documents and enable sharing of verified electronic documents across government agencies. Operated by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), the service has been running in beta since past few months. It will be formally launched by the Prime Minister on July 1.
Vietnam Net — Le Huynh Minh Tu from the department unveiled the city’s higher-than-allowed spending on science and technology at a meeting between the Economic and Budgetary Committee of the HCMC People’s Council and the HCMC Department of Science and Technology last week. HCMC’s spending on scientific and technological investments and research was over VND1.32 trillion in 2013, VND1.75 trillion in 2014 and an estimated VND1.34 trillion this year.
Vietnam Net — Addressing the Vietnam ICT Summit 2015- a high-level forum on information and communication technology (ICT) – in Hanoi on June 25, Son emphasised his ministry’s continuous efforts to consult and coordinate IT application among State agencies, organisations and enterprises. The improvement of the national e-governance steering committee and IT management boards at lower levels will be also prioritised, he said, adding that the heads of public agencies and administrations at all levels are responsible for IT advancement inside their organisations and localities.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: The US has backed India’s stand on internet governance, saying both countries share a common vision of ensuring every global citizen has a say in decision-making on the subject. “I heard about your very well-received remark at the ICANN meeting in Argentina. As democracies, India and the United States share a joint vision for ensuring every global citizen can participate in decision making regarding internet governance,” US under secretary of State Catherine A Novelli said in an e-mail to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the government will soon come out with its report on the controversial issue of net neutrality, and the telecom department is waiting for the report from sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). “Report of net neutrality will be out very soon but we are waiting for Trai report on the issue,” telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.
MSI-ASIA — A week after mobile Internet users in North Korea began seeing messages telling them the site was blocked, access has been restored, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The block was an unusual one for the country, but then nothing about the Internet is normal in North Korea.