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Unicorns of ASEAN: Grab

Unicorns of ASEAN: Grab | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
Who would have thought a startup which first began as a taxi-booking app in Kuala Lumpur would end up beating ride-sharing giants Uber at its own game? When Grab first expanded into the e-hailing service industry, many saw it as a carbon-copy of Uber and did not think much of it. Today, Grab’s grip on the regional e-hailing service industry is stronger than ever.
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Tech start-ups thrive in Thailand as the country aims to be a global start-up destination | OpenGovAsia

Tech start-ups thrive in Thailand as the country aims to be a global start-up destination | OpenGovAsia | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
The future is bright for Thai tech start-ups as Thailand is being groomed to become a global start-up destination. It will attract talent and experts which would allow them to exchange experiences and to brainstorm for new ideas which will benefit the country and the whole region.
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Cambodia - Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics.

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Vietnam - NA passes Cybersecurity Law –

Vietnam - NA passes Cybersecurity Law – | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
The law requires all internet-related service providers, regardless of whether they are foreign or domestic companies, to open a representative office and maintain a customer database in servers based in Việt Nam in exchange for authorisation to operate legally in the country.
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Tencent eyes WeChat to banish travel papers for trips between Hong Kong and China | Reuters

Tencent eyes WeChat to banish travel papers for trips between Hong Kong and China | Reuters | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
Tencent Holdings is working with China's authorities for its popular WeChat app to replace travel documents on border crossings between Hong Kong and China, the technology giant said on Wednesday.
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Vanuatu - PM must not ‘interfere’ with Telecoms Regulator | News | dailypost.vu

The Supreme Court has upheld the independence of the telecommunications regulator.
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Banking Southeast Asia’s unbanked

Banking Southeast Asia’s unbanked | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
Southeast Asia is one of the most rapidly developing regions in the world with projected economic growth rates averaging 5.1 percent for member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). However, the banking penetration numbers reveal something more striking – a vast majority of Southeast Asians do not have access to basic banking facilities let alone have a savings account or access to credit facilities.
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Asian art using blockchain for verification and sales | Asia Times

Asian art using blockchain for verification and sales | Asia Times | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
Numerous galleries across the region are using the technology to reduce fees, connect artists to consumers and create authenticated ownership records
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China-Australia friction intensifies deep in the South Pacific

China-Australia friction intensifies deep in the South Pacific | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
They are the arteries of the modern global economy. Undersea cables, to put it simply, make the internet work. And for the most part, they are out of sight and out of mind -- though not for the governments of China, Australia and Western allies.

More than 95% of the world's telecommunications traffic flows through a mere 200 or so cables laid in the oceans. Companies from the U.S., Europe and Japan installed 85% of them, but China is eager to become a major player. This could add another dimension to Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative and, if critics are right, give the country an espionage and military edge as well.
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Philippines - PH’s economic competitiveness: is slow Internet a factor? - The Manila Times Online

It seems that slow internet service affected the steep drop in the country’s economic competitiveness, this according to a member of congress, Rep. Luis Campos Jr. “There’s no question our overall economic efficiency has been weighed down by inadequate yet costly Internet connectivity,” Campos sa
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Philippines - Entry of 3rd telco faces another delay | Inquirer Business

Philippines - Entry of 3rd telco faces another delay | Inquirer Business | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
Prospects for the entry of a new telecommunications player—earlier trumpeted by President Duterte as the key to better telco services in the country— dimmed on Tuesday as a fresh delay was announced.
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Pakistan - Top court suspends 'exorbitant' tax on prepaid mobile bills

Pakistan - Top court suspends 'exorbitant' tax on prepaid mobile bills | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Monday suspended ‘exorbitant tax deductions’ on prepaid mobile cards.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar gave two days for the order to be implemented at a hearing of the suo motu case at the apex court’s Lahore Registry.
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Australian government committed to 'no backdoors': Taylor

'We simply don't need to weaken encryption in order to get what we need,' says cyber security minister Angus Taylor
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SecurityBrief Australia - By the numbers: Cybercrime’s trillion-dollar cost to Asia Pacific

Economic losses from cyber attacks in Asia Pacific is costing the region US$1.745 trillion – 7% of its entire GDP, a recent report commissioned by Microsoft reveals.

The report shows that a large organisation in Asia Pacific could possibly experience economic losses of US$30 million.
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Market crashes and cyber-attacks are bigger threats to Australia's economy than natural disasters | Business Insider

Market crashes and cyber-attacks are bigger threats to Australia's economy than natural disasters | Business Insider | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
The insurer says man-made threats account for more than two-thirds (69%) of the risk to Australia’s economic output annually.
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India's Telecom Regulator to Use Blockchain to Prevent ‘Pesky’ Telemarketing Spam

India's Telecom Regulator to Use Blockchain to Prevent ‘Pesky’ Telemarketing Spam | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is planning to use blockchain to prevent unsolicited telemarketing communications, Business Standard reports today, May 30.
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How Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy Will Bring the Country Up to Par With the Rest of the World

How Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy Will Bring the Country Up to Par With the Rest of the World | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
Japan’s government recently launched an outline of its next cybersecurity strategy (in Japanese). The document is meant to both signal Japan’s cybersecurity priorities and solicit feedback from industry and civil society prior to the strategy’s release this summer. The government has updated its strategy every few years since the first one was released in 2013. The new strategy aims to improve the cybersecurity of Japanese critical infrastructure and encourage Japanese business to pursue cybersecurity best practices, both of which will help Japan’s economic growth and innovation.
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NZ government to expand cyber defence service

NZ government to expand cyber defence service | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will extend its Malware-Free Networks cyber defence initiative, minister Andrew Little has announced.

The decision to expand the programme follows a success pilot the GCSB carried out with Vodafone and some its consenting customers, Little says.

“The pilot showed the Malware-Free Networks (MFN) capability has the potential to disrupt a significant volume of malicious cyber security,” he says. “There was a substantial increase in the volume of activity detected and disrupted when the MFN information was used in conjunction with the network operator’s existing cyber security capability.”
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Block against ‘The Malaysian Insider’ dropped two years after it shut down

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Malaysia’s internet regulator officially rescinded its directive to block access to news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) last week, more than two years after th
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Worried About Big Tech? Chinese Giants Make America’s Look Tame - The New York Times

Worried About Big Tech? Chinese Giants Make America’s Look Tame - The New York Times | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
China’s two internet behemoths, Tencent and Alibaba, are spending billions of dollars in an escalating battle to dominate every part of daily life.
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Australian webcams hacked to make secret recordings, posted to YouTube, in online scam - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian webcams hacked to make secret recordings, posted to YouTube, in online scam - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
Dozens of Australians, including children, have been secretly recorded via their webcams and posted to YouTube in an elaborate online scam.
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India to Intensify Scrutiny of Citizens' Social Media, Emails - Bloomberg

India’s government is looking for a company to analyze social media posts to help boost nationalism and neutralize any "media blitzkrieg by India’s adversaries."
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Smartphones surpass PCs for Japan internet access

Smartphones surpass PCs for Japan internet access | Internet in Asia-Pacific | Scoop.it
More people in Japan accessed the internet from smartphones than from PCs for the first time in 2017, Japan Today reported.
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