Infrastructure

Are Southeast Asia’s cyber defenses vulnerable to Chinese attacks?

A telecom firm in the Philippines recently hired the services of a United States-based cybersecurity firm to shore up its defenses against the potential threats of spying by China. It became the latest in a string of Southeast Asian corporations to have engaged a cybersecurity firm to strengthen ...

Umair Jamal

New Industrial Estate to Link Isaan with Mekong Nations

A new industrial estate, currently under construction in northeastern Thailand, is primarily designed as a logistics and freight forwarding center in connection with neighboring countries, confirmed a senior government official on Monday. The industrial estate in Udon Thani province, which is now 50 percent complete and ...

Xinhua News Agency

Vietnam to issue rules on terrestrial mobile communication terminal devices

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) last week held a webinar to assess the impacts of a draft circular on the national technical regulations on terminal devices of terrestrial mobile communication. According to the representative of the MIC’s Information Technology Department, the building of national technical regulations on ...

Samaya Dharmaraj

Thailand Eyes ‘Land Bridge’ to Link its Coasts

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha this week publicly endorsed a proposed land bridge between the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, apparently shelving a long-discussed project to build a canal across the Malay Peninsula. The dueling project ideas have generated debate, with some calling the ...

Nontarat Phaicharoen

Rights groups slam Cambodia's proposed clean-up drive

For almost 20 years, Lom Rithy has walked the streets of Phnom Penh with her cart, selling cold beverages to Cambodians. Although she doesn’t earn much, it is enough for the 37-year-old to take care of her family. “On an average, I make a daily profit ...

Ate Hoekstra (Phnom Penh)

Vietnam inaugurates national data portal

The national data portal was launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) during a ceremony in Hanoi on 31 August. The portal provides data on state agencies in service of political and socio-economic activities, contributing to the process of e-government building in Vietnam. New digital services, ...

Samaya Dharmaraj

Cambodia plans China-style internet firewall

Cambodia’s government will route all web traffic through a “national internet gateway” under plans that human rights advocates fear will see critical content blocked by a China-style firewall. The plans are laid out in a yet-to-be-signed sub-decree drafted in July and obtained by the Nikkei Asian ...

SHAUN TURTON

Facebook joins flood, drought alert efforts on Mekong River

Facebook and the Mekong River Commission (MRC) launched a collaboration initiative Monday to provide early flood alert and drought monitoring information to Mekong nations. The MRC stated it has installed 22 hydrological stations along the main channel in the lower Mekong River basin to monitor and ...

Nguyen Quy

Facebook shares data on Myanmar with United Nations investigators

Facebook says it has shared data with United Nations investigators probing international crimes in Myanmar, after the lead investigator said the company was withholding evidence. A Facebook representative told Reuters on Tuesday it had given the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM) data from pages and ...

Poppy McPherson

PTT and US innovation platform partner to transform Thailand

As the digital economy and tech-driven capitalism continues to rise, PTT, a Thai state-owned SET-listed oil and gas company, has plans to join hands with a leading tech-platform in Silicon Valley to drive the Thai economy. With the intention to transform Thailand through digital transformation, the ...

Alita Sharon

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