China software January-September revenues total nearly CNY2.7 trillion, says MIIT

China’s software industry generated revenues of CNY2.682 trillion (US$435 billion) in January-September 2014, growing 20.6% on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Exports of software products and services in the period reached US$35.3 billion, accounting for 8.11% of the total revenues and rising 13.7% on year.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141029VL200.html

Govt blasted over data retention laws, from AU

The Australian Government has “crossed the line” by trying to “rush through” legislation that will force telcos and service providers to retain customer metadata for two years, according to industry and political opponents of the bill. This morning’s surprise introduction of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull faced fierce criticism within hours of its arrival, after the Goverment failed to respond to sustained calls for an exposure draft to be released.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397366,govt-blasted-over-data-retention-laws.aspx

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka meets Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

NEW DELHI: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss how the Indian IT companies can be involved in the Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme. “CEO of Infosys Vishal Sikka met me. We discussed more active participation of India Inc in Digital India,” Prasad tweeted. This was a follow-up meeting between the two after their first meeting on Digital India programme in Germany.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-ceo-vishal-sikka-meets-telecom-minister-ravi-shankar-prasad/articleshow/44973543.cms

Open data platform sees 1m daily downloads, and government prioritising mobile apps – Hong Kong Deputy GCIO

Apps, cloud computing and open data are the top success stories from Hong Kong, according to Victor Lam, Deputy GCIO of the city government. Speaking in an interview with FutureGov, he said: “We have encouraged all departments to develop mobile applications for the convenience of the public, and have developed a portal on mobile applications in Hong Kong.” Currently, there are over 50 apps from departments on the government’s app store and the number is growing.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5288-open-data-platform-sees-1m-daily-downloads-and-government-prioritising-mobile-apps—hong-kong-deputy-gcio

IDA launches initiatives to support Smart Nation vision, from Singapore

SINGAPORE: Data and analytics will play a key role in Singapore’s vision of a Smart Nation, and to boost the country’s data ecosystem, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has announced two key initiatives. These include the Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) pilot that seeks to address the challenge of discovering datasets in the private sector. Data providers from all industries can participate in the pilot to increase the visibility of their datasets and reach out to new customers.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/ida-launches-initiatives/1439086.html

Why is the Indian Air Force so trigger-happy in shooting down Xiaomi?

Yes, Xiaomi does collect personal data from users in India and sends it to servers in China. That’s how it enables its users to exchange free messages on the cloud, via IP (internet protocol), rather than the SMS gateway of their telecom carriers. Cloud services also enable users to back up data and sync it across multiple devices – if they choose to use it.

https://www.techinasia.com/indian-air-force-triggerhappy-shooting-xiaomi/

Foreign companies charged with software copyright infringement

Recent inspection tours conducted by government agencies have discovered copyright infringement at many different levels committed by FIEs. Only a few software used at FIEs were found to be copyrighted, while most of the important software was pirated. The inspectors, for example, discovered many pirated software products worth billions of dong at Perfect Vietnam, a 100 percent Taiwanese medical technology company in Vinh Loc Industrial Zone in HCM City.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114981/foreign-companies-charged-with-software-copyright-infringement.html

Xiaomi to talk to Indian authorities after IAF red-flags Redmi 1s phones

NEW DELHI: Stressing that it does not collect any user data without permission, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today said it will engage with Indian authorities to address the concerns about security of user’s data. Last week, in an advisory, the Indian Air Force asked its personnel and their families to desist from using Chinese ‘Xiaomi Redmi 1s’ phones as these are believed to be transferring data to their servers in China and could be a security risk.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/xiaomi-to-talk-to-indian-authorities-after-iaf-red-flags-redmi-1s-phones/articleshow/44938669.cms

Government aims to make $15 billion Internet of Things industry in India by 2020

NEW DELHI: The government is working on an ambitious plan to create USD 15 billion ‘Internet of Things’ industry in the next six years. Internet of Things, or IoT, can be loosely described as a network of inter-connected devices that can be accessed through the Internet. For instance, with IoT, street lights will automatically go off when they sense no traffic on the roads and consequently save power. Another application could be a smart band that will automatically alert physician when body vitals go to abnormal levels.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/government-aims-to-make-15-billion-internet-of-things-industry-in-india-by-2020/articleshow/44938127.cms

Indian Air Force Issues Security Warning; Xiaomi Clears the Air

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly issued an advisory asking its personnel and their families not to use Xiaomi smartphones on account of ‘spying’. It warns that the Chinese manufacturer transmits user data and information back to its headquarters in Beijing. Based on a test by security application manufacturer F-Secure, the IAF issued the alert saying Xiaomi phones port the phone number, carrier name, IMEI number (the device identifier), plus numbers in the address book and text messages to some suspicious IP address in Beijing.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/indian-air-force-issues-serious-alert-xiaomi-plans-move-data-centers-china-612152

US-Vietnam sign agreement on nuclear research cooperation

Several days after the 123 Agreement on the US-Vietnam civil nuclear cooperation took effect on October 3, the cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM) and Lightbridge Corporation was signed as a first step in the implementation. The agreement was signed by VINATOM’s director Tran Chi Thanh and Jonathan Baggett, Vice CEO of Lightbridge Corporation, in Hanoi on October 17. Local newspapers commented that the agreement showed significant improvement in the strategic relations between Vietnam and the US.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114828/us-vietnam-sign-agreement-on-nuclear-research-cooperation.html

Weather forecasting tools reducing casualties in the Philippines

More weather tracking and forecasting tools are leading to fewer casualties and less property damage in the Philippines, according to the Department of Science and Technology. The government is monitoring all 258 rivers in the country for signs of flooding, said Raymund Liboro, Assistant Secretary of the Department. This is part of the nationwide project – National Operational Assessment of Hazards – set up in 2012 to better prepare for rain-triggered natural hazards, such as typhoons.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5258-weather-forecasting-tools-reducing-casualties-in-the-philippines

Hackers stole millions of South Korean ID numbers since 2004

Personal details of millions of South Korean residents, including government-issued identity numbers, have been stolen in data thefts going back to 2004. Around 80 per cent of the population has had their data stolen from targets, including banks. In addition, 20 million people, including President Park Geun-hye (pictured), have had data stolen from three credit card companies, media reports revealed. The South Korean government is now considering issuing new identity numbers to every citizen above 17 years of age.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5255-hackers-stole-millions-of-south-korean-id-numbers-since-2004

Letting IT Go in the Smart City of Hong Kong

More than 500 of the thought leaders and captains of industry leading the global digital revolution in the public and private sectors will be congregating at the Hong Kong International Computer Conference (HKICC) at the end of this month (October 30-31, 2014) to work on the myriad ways information and communications technology (ICT) can not only build the Smart City of the future, but also by extension improve the lives of people across the world.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/letting-it-go-in-the-smart-city-of-hong-kong/

‘Yellow Umbrella’, of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement fame, a hit among gamers

HONG KONG, Oct 25 ― How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong’s protest camps? Unleash the wrath of Chinese deity Guan Yu. That’s just one of the options available to players of a new smartphone game which has swiftly become a hit among gamers and protesters in the southern Chinese city.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/yellow-umbrella-of-hong-kongs-umbrella-movement-fame-a-hit-among-gamers

Apple CEO says had "very open" privacy talks in China: Xinhua

BEIJING: Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had “very open” talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple’s iCloud service in China.  Cook’s remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/24/Apple-CEO-says-had-very-open-privacy-talks-in-China-Xinhua/

India may merge all public sector networks into single National Information Infrastructure

Officials in the Indian Department of Electronics and Information Technology are considering whether to merge all state, local, educational and national broadband infrastructure into a single unit, FutureGov has learned. Currently India has a number of large different ICT networks for state, national and educational use, including the National Informatics Centre network for central government (NICNET), state datacentres for local governments and a knowledge network connecting 1,500 educational institutions.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5265-india-may-merge-all-public-sector-networks-into-single-national-information-infrastructure

Nepal’s new wave of hackers take urban problems into their own hands

Four young Nepalese graduates impressed a gathering of regional city mayors in Singapore last month with their vehicle tracking mobile application. A few months before, their app – which aimed to improve traffic management in Kathmandu City – won two national technology competitions. FutureGov speaks to Team Yorbit to find out what inspired them and how they plan to take their innovation further.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5254-nepals-new-wave-of-hackers-take-urban-problems-into-their-own-hands

Who was Asia’s leading ‘Green Government’ agency at FutureGov Awards?

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has been recognised for its efforts to improve the sustainability of G2C communications, winning big in the Asia Pacific’s largest government modernisation awards process for its ‘OneInbox’ project. OneInbox is a secure digital mailbox service that allows individuals to receive, view, file and track electronic letters such as notices or statements from government agencies in one portal rather than having to log into multiple web sites. It is a government initiative under the eGov2015 masterplan to improve public service delivery to citizens.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5250-tv-sd-crowns-asias-leading-green-government-agency-at-futuregov-awards

China’s chip investments potentially more good than bad for TSMC

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is putting a positive spin on China’s investments aimed at making its chip industry a competitive, global powerhouse. “We think our business opportunity in China will grow, will be bigger, with this development,” said Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC during a conference call to discuss earnings. This week, China announced it had set up a fund to develop the country’s semiconductor industry, with local media reporting that the initial investments could amount to 120 billion yuan (US$19.5 billion).

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-chip-investments-potentially-more-good-than-bad-for-tsmc/