The federal government has warned ISPs they will need to agree on an industry code for tackling online copyright infringement by April next year or have one forced upon them. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis today published a letter to ISPs informing them they will need to agree on a process to notify customers of allegations of copyright infringement and advise them how to access legitimate content within 120 days.
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) shut down the websites http://www.123doc.vn and http://www.khoahoc.com.vn for operating without licenses, MIC representatives said on December 5. While http://www.123doc.vn operated as a social network, http://www.khoahoc.com.vn ran as an electronic information website. The ministry also fined http://www.123doc.vn owner, Nguyen Duy Khanh, from Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district 13 million VND (619 USD) and http://www.khoahoc.com.vn creator, Nguyen Ngoc Hai, from Long Bien district 8 million VND (380.9 USD) for setting up the websites without licenses.
The Malaysian government is on a roll. Three months back, it mulled over the possibility of banning Facebook locally, following 2,000 reports of abuse made in the country. That didn’t sit well with Malaysians at all. Now, the Malay Mail Online reports that authorities are looking into setting up a firewall on a number of websites including YouTube.
Mobile gaming is huge in China, and thousands of new games come out each year. That’s good news for the tech industry, but it also means a lot of work for China’s government, and long delays for developers because every game released has to be formally approved by China’s censorship board. And until recently, the group that was reviewing mobile games included just ten people. (It has since been upped to twenty).
The leaders of Facebook and Apple were in China this past week on separate missions with the same goal: gain better transparency and more access to the Chinese market. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was in Beijing for an event at a local university, and Apple’s Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to review security concerns. When Facebook’s multi-billion-dollar initial public offering launched more than two years ago, details of its prospectus shed light on Facebook’s possible entry into China.
It’s been a little over a week since the military took over Thailand. Under the pretext of maintaining peace in the country (after more than half a year of intense political instability), the junta has not only censored old media but also found ways to filter online content. That could soon extend deeper into censorship of social media. According to Post Today, Thailand’s IT ministry plans to send a government representative to Singapore to talk to Facebook and Google, and another team to Japan to talk to NHN, the company behind the popular messaging app Line.