Singapore plans to cut off government computers’ internet links to prevent cyberattacks

Singapore is working on how to cut off web access for public servants as a defense against potential cyberattacks — a move closely watched by critics who say it marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state that has trademarked the term “smart nation.”


Heavy investment by Chinese govt creates opportunities for data center market

ChinaDatacenter News — The Chinese data center market is on the rise, with new forecasts from analyst firm Technavio predicting 13% growth from 2016-2020. China’s support of global enterprises is reflected in the amount of data centers popping up around the country, Technavio says.

China investigates Didi-Uber merger

ChinaChina’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said today it’s launching a probe into the planned merger of Didi Chuxing with Uber’s China unit. A ministry spokesperson tells Reuters that it’s due to anti-monopoly concerns about the US$35 billion tech company that will result from the merger and which will totally dominate car-hailing and taxi-booking in the China market.

Huawei launches South Pacific OpenLab

SingaporeTelecom Asia — Huawei has opened its Southern Pacific OpenLab in Singapore to foster joint, customer and business-driven ICT innovation with industry and partners At the opening ceremony, Huawei unveiled its Safe City Solutions, a suite of public safety solutions that strengthens incident prevention capabilities and shortens emergency response time.

Foreign firms take part in drafting cybersecurity rules in China

ChinaBD Live — CHINA is taking a more inclusive tack in instituting cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies, allowing them to join a key government committee in an effort to ease foreign concerns over the controls. The committee under the government’s powerful cyberspace administration is in charge of defining cybersecurity standards.

Alibaba Cloud partners with Infocomm Investments to bridge SE Asia’s and China’s ecosystem

Singaporee27 —  cloud computing arm of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, Alibaba Cloud has announced it has signed a a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with government-backed VC Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) to ramp up innovation in Singapore’s tech ecosystem.

ISP interconnection fees will not be regulated, says IDA, from SG

SingaporeAsia One — The local authorities will not interfere with interconnection fees that smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) pay to the two major telcos here, saying that consumers have not been harmed. The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) issued its decision earlier this week after concluding its two-month public consultation held last year.

Cambodia enhances its trade and development by partnering Microsoft

CambodiaMIS Asia — Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft yesterday (22 August 2016). The MOU signing builds on an ongoing partnership between the two organisations over the past 12 months to increase awareness of ICT trends, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property (IP) and trusted technology.

Singapore sets deadline for 4th mobile licence application

SingaporeSingapore’s Infocomms Development Authority (IDA) issued the final rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction and set a 1 September deadline for new entrants to submit applications, with proof they have sufficient funding. IDA also issued clarifications to queries relating to the 700MHz, 900MHz, 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz auction scheduled for early October.

Singapore sets deadline for 4th mobile licence application

InMobi sued for collecting location data without consent

IndiaTech in Asia —- InMobi will pay a US$950,000 fine to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in response to a complaint filed against it on Wednesday. According to the complaint, the adtech startup has been collecting cellphone users’ location data without their consent. InMobi ties up with apps to get access to user information. It then feeds that info back into its database to help companies send out more relevant ads.

Singapore chats up Microsoft bots in smart nation initiative

SingaporeZDNet — Singapore is looking to tap artificial intelligence technology to enable more natural and simpler interactions with its e-government services. Led by industry regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the new initiative would see the use of Microsoft’s “conversations as a platform” pitch to explore opportunities in developing the country’s next-generation government services based on “conversational computing”.

Australian gov’t welcomes NEC’s Cyber Security Center in Adelaide

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — The South Australian government has welcomed NEC Australia’s $4.38 million investment in a new Global Security Intel Center (GSIC) in Adelaide to address the growing global demand for cyber security. Adelaide is home to the South Australian government’s Smart City initiative.

Facebook, Microsoft, Google to remove inappropriate content for Bangladesh

BangladeshHindustan Times — Facebook, Microsoft and Google have agreed to work with Bangladesh government over “inappropriate contents” on the Internet, the Parliament was told today amidst a series of brutal killings by Islamists of secular bloggers and minorities.

Police investigating online threat by Facebook user who wanted to ‘open fire’

SingaporeChannel News Asia — SINGAPORE: The police are investigating a case of online threat by a Facebook user after he left a comment on a Facebook Group, “We are against Pinkdot in Singapore” on Jun 4. The group says it “serves as a public policy discussion platform on the Pinkdot movement in Singapore”, and “stands against the normalisation of homosexuality within Singaporean society”.

Indian Defense Forces on Red Alert After Chinese Cyber Attack

IndiaSputnik News — India has issued a red alert against cyber attacks for the second time in three months due to an attack on government and commercial organizations by Chinese Military Western Headquarters. The alert has been issued to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force that a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat group called Suckfly, based in Chengdu region, is targeting Indian organizations and the Indian defense establishment is its prime target.

New cyber security law in the offing for Singapore

SingaporeComputer Weekly — Singapore’s minister for communications and information Yaacob Ibrahim told lawmakers that the country needs updated cyber laws, and that a new Cyber Security Bill will be tabled in Parliament in 2017. He said the proposed bill will ensure that operators take proactive steps to secure critical information infrastructure, as well as report incidents.

AWS, Microsoft cloud win US government security approval

APACMIS Asia — Three vendors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, have won a key U.S. government authorization that allows federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on their cloud-computing services. The AWS GovCloud, Microsoft’s Azure GovCloud, and CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS have received provisional authority to offer services under the high baseline of the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a set of security standards for cloud services.

Indian police try to block Facebook video mocking Sachin Tendulkar

IndiaThe Guardian — Indian police have asked YouTube and Facebook to block a video that mocks cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, sparking the country’s latest row over freedom of expression. Comedian Tanmay Bhat posted the clip, which also lampooned famous Indian movie singer Lata Mangeshkar, on Snapchat and Facebook on Thursday, angering rightwing politicians in Mumbai who complained to police.

India telecom sector reports lowest revenue growth in last 6 years

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom industry’s revenue grew 6.5% last year, the lowest since 2010, despite the sector witnessing a further addition of 79 million active subscribers during the period, says GSM industry body COAI. “If I go back to 2010, the industry has consistently been delivering double digit growth of about 10%. After years of constant revenue growth of double digit, it has come to the level of 6.5%,” industry body COAI’s outgoing chairman and Idea Cellular  MD Himanshu Kapania said at an event.

India’s Trai proposes regulating cloud sector

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s telecoms watchdog has proposed regulating the cloud computing segment due to the increasing uptake of cloud services among businesses. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has invited comments from stakeholders over the proposal to regulate the cloud sector.

Singapore introduces new 4G Quality of Service standards

SingaporeThe Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)  recently introduced a new 4G Quality of Service (QoS) standards  to ensure mobile phone users experience an acceptable level of service quality in Singapore. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)  providing 4G services are expected to comply with the new standards.

India rejects Google Street View plan over security concerns

IndiaBBC — India has rejected Google’s plans to collect images for its Street View service in the country after objections from security agencies. Officials told the BBC there were concerns that the service would compromise the country’s security. Google Street View collects high definition images to give its users 360 degree views of streets, tourist spots, hills and rivers.

Microsoft widens Digital Transformation path for Malaysian NGOs

MalaysiaMIS Asia — Malaysian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been offered a Digital Transformation path through cloud and productivity solutions provider Microsoft’s new ‘Tech4Good’ initiative.  During the launch in Kuala Lumpur, Microsoft Malaysia’s managing director K Raman said Tech4Good offered a platform for NGOs to have access to world-class solutions and technology that would support their efforts in serving their communities, including youth, women, undocumented children and persons with disabilities.

Japan regulates virtual currency after Bitcoin scandal

JapanJapan Today — Japan has passed a law regulating virtual currency, after the country found itself at the epicenter of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scandal following the spectacular collapse of the Tokyo-based MtGox Bitcoin exchange. Once one of the largest, most established exchanges for the cryptocurrency, MtGox collapsed in 2014 after a suspected theft worth nearly half a billion dollars, which hammered the digital currency’s reputation.

Thailand launches initiatives to boost capabilities, modernize SME products

ThailandEnterprise Innovation — To increase the potential of local businesses, Thailand’s Ministry of Industry has initiated a project entitled “SMEs Spring Up.” Atchaka Sibunruang, the minister for industry, chaired the opening of the “SMEs Spring Up” project which aims to improve the abilities of small and medium sized businesses in Thailand. More than 100 businesses have been recruited to join the project.

Is Jaipur India’s smartest city?

IndiaReadWrite — In January this year, India’s central government announced the first list of 20 cities that have been identified for development as smart cities, part of government plans to develop 100 Smart Cities by the end of 2022. The plans came about in part, via the Smart Cities Challenge funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Government of India launched this challenge as a selection process to distribute central government funding to 100 cities over three years.

Is Jaipur India’s smartest city?

Singapore government to call for $2b in tech bids in 2016

SingaporeTech in Asia — The Singapore government will be calling for a projected US$2 billion in information and communications technology bids in 2016, it announced in a press release. The majority these contracts will go towards IT infrastructure, IT security, and building systems for government agencies.

10 reasons why India’s new map law might make life tough for its startup entrepreneurs

IndiaTech in Asia — If you’re stuck in a new city, want to find a street, but can’t speak the local language, your smartphone can come in really handy. Driving a car and can’t stop every few meters to ask for directions? Your GPS device becomes a savior. And if you’re stuck in a mountain pass, with nobody around to ask, a GPS-enabled map might save your life.

What’s the reason behind Tim Cook’s India visit?

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: He came. He saw. But Apple CEO Tim Cook is yet to get the biggest bite into the huge consumer base in the country, of which every tech player — from China to Korea to Taiwan — is trying to get a bigger share. If we look at why, in the first place, Cook came to India in this sweltering heat, it would not be wrong to interpret his first visit to the country as an exploratory mission rather than as one with a clear-cut investment agenda.

Philippines set to improve customs administration with ICT solution

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The Bureau of Customs in the Philippines is spearheading an initiative that would spur ICT adoption within government organizations. The agency has recently partnered with Microsoft Philippines to streamline productivity in customs administration, ensure the security of data, and promote transparency.