The age of government (dis)information in Thailand

Social media giant Twitter last week blocked nearly one thousand accounts linked to the Royal Thai Army, which were in violation of its policies on manipulation of information. According to a statement released by Twitter, the accounts were “engaging in amplifying pro-RTA and pro-government content, as well ...

MARK S. COGAN

Vietnam’s vision and goals for a digital nation

Vietnam has been eager to reinvent itself and key among its strategies is their digital transformation. The nation is are keenly aware of the decisive role perception plays in this. Digital platform development is a breakthrough solution to promote faster digital transformation, reduce costs and increase efficiency. ...

Samaya Dharmaraj

Thailand blocks Change.org as petition against king gains traction

Thailand has blocked access to online petition site Change.org, after it hosted a petition calling for King Maha Vajiralongkorn to be declared persona non grata in Germany. The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society said the petition’s contents violated Thailand’s Computer Crime Act. King Vajiralongkorn has been ...

Lao PDR supports China’s Global Initiative on Data Security

The Lao PDR has supported the Global Initiative on Data Security Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed at the virtual International Seminar on Global Digital Governance on Sep 8. The Lao PDR notes that the initiative is beneficial to a number of countries ...

KPL

Don’t believe fake news that mobile phones cause brain cancer: Digital Economy Ministry

The Digital Economy and Society Ministry has warned people not to believe or share news or Internet posts which claim that placing a mobile phone near your head while you sleep will cause brain cancer due to the electromagnetic waves the phone emits. “The ministry’s Anti-Fake ...

Behind the screen: The anecdote of cyberbullying in Cambodia

Scrolling on Facebook for only a few seconds, one is likely to be exposed to mean or indecent comments. A young Cambodian woman whose Facebook name is Belle Lizzy said people have critcised her appearance. “I got many mean comments on social media about my acne ...

Taing Rinith

Why Vietnam Is Asking Other Asian Countries to Help Squelch Fake News

A surge in fake news around Southeast Asia, particularly bogus COVID-19 information, has prompted leaders to explore a regional crackdown after a suggestion from a Vietnamese security official. Police agencies in the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries – which represent a total population ...

Ralph Jennings

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

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

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