Communications

Communications infrastructure

Second year of internet shutdown in Myanmar

The internet shutdown in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden northwest, described by rights groups as the world’s longest, entered a second year on Sunday with locals and campaigners appealing for an end to the blackout as coronavirus fears grip the region. The Myanmar military has been embroiled in a ...

AFP

U.S. court asked to force Facebook to release Myanmar officials' data for genocide case

Lawyers bringing a case before the World Court accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority have asked a U.S. district court to order Facebook to release posts and communications of the country’s military and police. The International Court of Justice based in the Hague ...

Anthony Deutsch

Vietnam launches digital transformation campaign

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) launched a campaign in Hanoi on 22 May to step up digital transformation using cloud computing technology. At the launch ceremony, the MIC Minister, Nguyen Manh Hung, said that domestic telecom companies have mastered the technology and built basic platforms for distant learning, ...

Samaya Dharmaraj

On the lookout for the silver lining: supporting e-commerce in Laos

13 to 16 April was Pi Mai, the Lao national holiday that welcomes in the Buddhist new year. Usually characterised by festive gatherings, water fights and the consumption of large quantities of Beer Lao, this year it was quiet and subdued, as the country of seven million entered ...

Tamara Failor, Nicola Nixon

Technology and e-commerce companies respond to the crisis

Services that deliver food, groceries, medical supplies and packages are among the few businesses thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic after local authorities ordered the closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, and entertainment facilities throughout much of Myanmar. More and more Myanmar people are practising social distancing ...

Andrew King

PM warns of fake Facebook pages

Prime Minister Hun Sen reminded Facebook users on Thursday not to be cheated by fake news spread by anonymous people. He said they used his name to post false news that misled the public, and that specialists have come up with ways to block such account ...

Long Kimmarita

Poor, Rural Students in Laos Lack Tech to Learn From Home

COVID-19 has forced Laos to join countries around the world in closing schools and using online distance learning. But rural and urban poor students in the Southeast Asian country not only lack computers and access to the internet — some even live in homes without ...

How governments shut the internet down to suppress dissent

Access Now, a non-profit digital rights advocacy group, has released its annual report on global internet shutdowns. The report reveals governments around world increasingly shutting down the internet, often to stifle dissent, and frequently doing so during times of protest or elections. The annual report, entitled ...

Rich Haridy

4,200 Line accounts hacked in Feb, including 2 in Thailand

A total of 4,225 registered accounts on messaging app Line, including two in Thailand, have been hacked in the last two weeks, with some used for phishing scams, according to the operator. Line Corp said 4,073 accounts in Japan, two in Thailand, 81 in Taiwan and ...

KYODO NEWS

Thailand's internet censorship rates 6/10

Thailand has received a score of 6 out of 10 in internet censorship, on a par with various regional peers, according to UK-based tech research firm Comparitech. A score of 6 was given to 17 countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam, out of 150 ...

Suchit Leesa-Nguansuk

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