Japan Times — SINGAPORE – 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.”
Tech 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.
Computer 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.
The 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.
Telecom 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.
The 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.
BBC — 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.
Japan 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.
Enterprise 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.
Tech 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.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom MinisterRavi Shankar Prasad today lauded Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘s long-term commitment to India and called for working in collaboration for growth and business opportunities. “Since he has made a public statement that his commitment to India is going to be of 1000 years, I also take this opportunity publicly to compliment the CEO of Apple who is in India for his public commitment for the attachment with India.
Tech Crunch — Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. Dissidents are blaming wastewater from the steel plant for a mass fish death at aquatic farms and in waters off the country’s central provinces.
Telecom Asia — The advancement of InfoCommunication and Media Technologies today has brought people closer. Cloud computing, smart phone, social media network and IoT have re-shaped the consumer landscape and lifestyle. This digital society transformation trend has created both opportunities and challenges for the Government.
Times of India — BENGALURU: A campaign against the Union government’s move to govern how companies and individuals use maps is gaining momentum, with a number of thinktanks, research organisations and activists launching efforts to rally resistance against the proposed law.
Tech in Asia — Dropbox, Google Drive, and other international cloud storage providers have long been blocked in China – and now a number of domestic storage services are facing a similar fate. Vdisk, KuaiPan, and UC net disk – run by Sina, Xunlei, and Alibaba, respectively – have filled the gap left by the government’s censoring of international options, but now each one is partially or fully closing down.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Cold response from MNCs like Google to India’s security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call “return of the Licence Raj” and “digital nationalism”. A draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, released last week seeking public comments, says anyone mapping India by a satellite or aerial platform will need a licence from a government “security vetting authority”.
Mashable — The Indian government has proposed a bill that will require companies like Google to get a license to offer and publish maps in the country. If it becomes a law, then anyone who create maps ‘incorrectly’ can be fined millions of rupees or imprisoned. The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, says that “no person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form”.
SCMP — FedEx, the world’s biggest express delivery company with more than 600 planes, is not too hot on the idea of drone delivery even though some Chinese companies including SF Express and Taobao are toying with the idea.
Telecom Asia — India’s Department of Telecom is drawing up ‘Know Your Customers’ guidelines to ensure the easy availability of mobile SIMs for M2M devices such as CCTV cameras and ACs to be deployed mainly in smart cities. The guidelines would allow transfer of SIMs, among others. At present, norms bar transfer of SIMs, mandate strict subscriber verification and do not allow a person to own more than nine SIMs.
Tech in Asia — Remember the day Indonesia’s capital was practically held hostage by out-of-control taxi drivers? A violent street protest on March 22 in Jakarta was the climax of a series of demonstrations staged by Indonesia’s taxi industry in an attempt to get apps like Uber and Grab banned.
Tech in Asia — As seems to be his wont from time to time, Mark Zuckerberg has been in the China news again of late, doing things like running around in Beijing’s cancerous air, and meeting with China’s head of propaganda. The goal, as far as anyone can tell, is to try to convince Chinese officials to let Facebook into the country.
Times of India — USTON: Internet giant Google has removed a propaganda app created by Taliban militants over hate speech concerns. The App called “Pashto Afghan News – Alemara,” that was initially accepted on the Play store, reportedly featured videos and statements from the group’s main website. The app, which allowed users to access the group’s Pashto website, is part of a growing digital campaign by the Taliban to grow its audience.
Enterprise Innovation — Modernization and digitalization of the Thai agricultural sector is driving growth in IT spending to 7.02 percent, research firm IDC reported. Thai government policies focused on smart farming and enabling technology-led innovation to transform traditional agriculture practices are driving the growth.
Digital News Asia — A NATIONAL plan by the Government and telecommunications operators in Indonesia to stave off a ‘foreign invasion’ by actively encouraging local over-the-top (OTT) apps has got off to a slow start, with the three apps having been approved only after three months. Last December, the Association of Telecommunication Operators (ATSI) invited local startups to register their OTT services, after which three such services would be identified and earmarked for support by the association.
Myanmar Times — The source, who asked not to be named, said the regulations had been submitted to the cabinet for approval. Though some companies and banks have already launched mobile money services, a lack of government policy has played a role in preventing all players from entering the market.
Value Walk — Chinese users were able to access the search giant’s services through Google.com, Google.com.hk, Google.com.vn, and Google.com.sg. Chinese bloggers shared the news that the services were accessible from 11:30 p.m. on Sunday until censors pulled the plug at 1:15 a.m. on Monday. Technology blog Pingwest reported that access was available around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. on Sunday and that other services like email and Google photos were accessible as well.
Business Cloud News — The Korean government has announced a new policy to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the country, according to Business Korea. Speaking at a cloud computing conference in Korea, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have announced that it will be running a number of initiatives to increase the adoption of cloud computing from 6.4% to 13%, seemingly over the next twelve months.
Times of India — BEIJING: China has launched its first cybersecurity public organisation aimed at better safeguarding national cybersecurity and guiding internet companies in perform their duties, the media reported on Saturday. The CyberSecurity Association of China, launched in Beijing on Friday, consists of academic institutes, individuals and internet companies including Tencent and popular internet security company Qihu 360, the Global Times reported.
IT News — Australian businesses say they are not sold on the government’s proposed mandatory data breach notification scheme, with some even going so far as to call for it to be abandoned. Late last year the government released an exposure draft of its long-awaited bill for the scheme, outlining what it considers a serious breach and the steps an organisation must take in response to one.
Tech in Asia — If you’re looking to grab Windows 10, there are a lot of versions to choose from: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Mobile, etc. Now it looks like we can add a new one to the list: Windows 10 Chinese Government Edition. That’s not the real name – it’s called Windows 10 Zhuangongban, or “Windows 10 Specially-provided Edition” – but Microsoft really has made a version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government, according to a report in Chinese magazine Caixin.