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Just a Last Thought

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (The more things change, the more they stay the same) All good things come to an end, so they say. So perhaps that’s a good reason for bringing Just A Thought (JAT)

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TRPC in the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)’s April 2017 newsletter

TRPC’s op-ed “The Importance of the Open Internet in Driving Internet Adoption and Growth” was featured in the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)’s newsletter for April 2017. This article was co-authored by Associate Research Director Michael Khoo and Research

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Measuring the Digital Economy

When the UK still had an automobile industry, there was a standard joke about the manufacture of the Morris Mini Minor, the car Mr Bean drives. The bad news was that each car was sold at a loss. The good

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Media Maketh Man?

What do Martin Luther, the sixteenth century monk who fermented the Reformation across Europe in the sixteenth century, Emmanuel Macron, who came top of the first round of French presidential elections in April 2017, and Donald Trump, who needs no

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Time to Retreat?

Is nothing safe! From next month, Singapore’s civil servants will be disconnected from the Internet.[1] And then connected again using notebooks that are disconnected from the government intranet to which all government computers are connected. ‘Two systems, one government’ so

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The Future of Malls?

by Adam Stout, Consultant at TRPC As more people shop online, malls are suffering. Singapore’s mall occupancy rate reached its lowest in 10 years in Nov 2016, according to Bloomberg.[1] Over in China, its top 50 retailers saw a 1.9%

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A New Mercantilism?

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping seem to have something in common, despite the showman image of the former and the statesman image of the latter. They both espouse nationalism. The showman as ‘Make America Great Again’ and the latter as

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IIC Singapore – TRPC Forum: Blockchain and its Applications

  Date: 8 Mar 2017 Time: 3.00pm – 6.00pm Venue: PayPal Singapore Innovation Lab, level 7 5 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec Tower 5 Singapore 038985 Download the briefing paper here Read the event summary here About the Forum: A ‘blockchain’ (or distributed

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Bring Back the Robots

“iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans to replace almost every human worker with robots: China’s iPhone factories are being automated.” So read the headline at the close of 2016 on the web news site The Verge.[1] All the more remarkable considering that

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A Connected Christmas?

Just this week I came across this fascinating pre-Christmas post on Yougotobejoking.com. “Get connected this Christmas. That’s the message coming from the IT world. The Internet-of-Things is everywhere, and now … the connected Christmas Tree!” It gets better. You don’t

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