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Public Data at Risk: Cyber Threat to the Networked Government

Executive Summary Being a networked government can offer tremendous opportunity for governments globally to connect with their citizens, productively collect and use information, as well as streamline and enhance the efficiency of internal work streams and processes. However, this can

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IIC Singapore – TRPC – FCBA Forum: Internet Governance in a Multi-polar World

Date: February 10th 2015 4.00pm – 6.00pm Venue: Olswang Asia – 10 Collyer Quay, 5/F Ocean Financial Centre This forum is a special event hosted by Olswang and jointly organized by the Singapore chapter of the International Institute of Communications

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ISOC-TRPC-IIC Thailand Roundtable, Privacy in an Internet of Things World

 About the Roundtable In an age of the Internet of things (IoT), where the number of connected devices outnumbers human beings, vast volumes of data are now being collected, analyzed and used with increasing ease on a scale like never

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TRPC Managing Director Lim May-Ann quoted on insights magazine article on “As the world embraces cloud, will IBM’s new cloud strategy survive the competition?”

Perceived as one of the business world’s most bureaucratic institutions, IBM has been impressively transparent in advancing its new, cloud-focused marketing mix. Citing its unsatisfying fiscal performance, the firm’s head, Ginni Rometty, told the world that the future of her

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TRPC Asia Pacific Roundtable on Payments and e-Commerce

Date: Thursday, 27 November, 2.00pm – 5.30pm Venue: Jasmine Room, LG Floor, InterContinental Hotel Midplaza Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10-11, Jakarta Both electronic payments (e-payments) and mobile payments (m-payments) are growing rapidly across many parts of Asia Pacific and beginning

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Cloud Computing: A Soft Target?

The benefits of cloud computing can be harnessed only if information can be accessed and manipulated freely with security and confidentiality assured to the extent that the integrity of the data and the rights of the consumer of cloud services

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IIC Singapore – TRPC Forum: The Sharing Economy

Date: Thursday 11 September, 3.00pm – 6.00pm Venue: Olswang Asia, 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, #05-01 IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, is organizing a forum on the Sharing Economy in Singapore. On behalf of IIC Singapore, TRPC invites you to participate

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Background Briefing Paper – Asia Pacific Payments and e-Commerce: Cross-Border Trade and Data Flows

A short briefing paper on e-Payments and e-Commerce in Asia Pacific, that was used for our Roundtable event on July 2014: APEC-TRPC Forum: Asia Pacific Payments and e-Commerce Introduction “B2C e-commerce sales in Asia-Pacific grew more than 33% to USD332.46 billion

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APEC-TRPC Forum: Asia Pacific Payments and e-Commerce

About the forum: Date: 29 July, 2014,  2.00pm – 5.00pm Venue: APEC Secretariat, 35 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, Singapore 119616 Both electronic payments (e-payments) and mobile payments (m-payments) are growing rapidly across many parts of the Asia Pacific and beginning to

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APEC Digital Opportunity Center Workshop: ICTs and Development

TRPC Director Professor John Ure’s presentation at the APEC Digital Opportunnity Center Workshop: ICTs and Development on 10th July, Taipei. Download the presentation: ICTs and Development

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TRPC Director John Ure moderates panel at IIC Thailand’s spectrum discussion, 9 Jul 2014

Allocation of Spectrum – Does one size fit all? Organised by the International Institute of Communications Hosted by The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand Wednesday 09 July 2014 09:30-16:00 hours FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND On July 9th in

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Report on Cloud Data Regulations: A contribution to how to reduce the compliancy costs of Cross-Border Data Transfers

A joint report for the Asia Pacific Carriers Coalition (APCC) and the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA)  June 2014 The purpose of this paper is to contribute to, and help drive the formation of, policies concerning cloud computing in Asia. The

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Director, Peter Lovelock spoke on the panel of “Opportunities from TVWS” in Philippines, 9 Jun 2014

This post appeared on Gov’t says roll-out of TV White Space to coincide with digital TV migration on June 16, 2014. Despite the various obstacles that could impede or delay the widespread implementation of TV White Space in the country, the government

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Commentary on TODAY, 11 June 2014: Cloud computing and connectivity in ASEAN by Lim May-Ann

This commentary first appeared in TODAY – Cloud computing and connectivity in ASEAN – Singapore on 11 June 2014. The 2015 deadline for the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) looms. The Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) envisions that the ambitious

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Move Uber Please

In a benign Internet world, the emergence of a “caring, sharing” economy would be something to look forward to. For example, a taxi driver on the streets of London or Brussels or Paris would happily check their monitor screen for

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TRPC Director on FT, 19 May 2014: “Any privacy protection will be limited”

Any privacy protection will be limited From Prof John Ure. Sir, From 2011 until April this year I served as the part-time executive director of the Asia Internet Coalition. So when I read that the European Court of Justice had

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Samsung’s Woes

Samsung Electronic’s financial projections are out, and corporate officials are alarmed, again. For the second straight quarter, operating profits are down. The announcement has renewed the call for Samsung to find something new and move away from smartphones. Market watchers

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KingCanute.com

Like most children I learned from my school days that the Philistines were, well Philistines, which they were not; that the nineteenth century machine-wrecking Luddites in England were against technological progress, which they were not; and that an imbecilic King

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Managing Director Lim May-Ann on Talking Point – Apr 23, 2014

Managing Director Lim May-Ann made an appearance on Channel News Asia’s Talking Point taking on IDA, MDA, Techgoondu and Rajah&Tann in arguing telco and cable fees and consumer rights: “From 4G pricing to World Cup subscription fees and service breaks,

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Trust

Fewer, if not few, people have much trust in the banking and financial system after recent experiences of inter-bank rate rigging scandals, the unscrupulous selling of financial duds to an unsuspecting public, dodgy investments in derivatives, excessive bonus payments even

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The Internet and Your Business: an ICANN 49 Forum

Date: 21 Mar 2014, 1.30-6pm Venue: Sophia Room, Raffles City Convention Centre Speaker Biographies   Kuek Yu-Chuang, VP and Managing Director, APAC, ICANN Kuek Yu-Chuang is ICANN’s vice president for global stakeholder engagement for the Asia Region and managing director

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Rappler.com #TalkThursdays: Innovation and cloud computing in the Asia-Pacific

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to May-Ann Lim and Bernie Trudel of the Asia Cloud Computing Association. Lim is the association’s Executive Director, while Trudel has been its Chairman for the past three years. If you’re an active netizen, chances

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The World Wide Crimea?

What do Crimea and the Internet have in common? They have both become the terrain of political struggle. And the protagonists are pretty much the same. To be geographically inexact about it, East vs. West, well in Europe. Refusing to

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TRPC and IIC Singapore Forum: International and Domestic Broadband Connectivity in Singapore

Date: Tuesday 1st April, 3.00pm-6.00pm Venue: Microsoft Singapore, Level 22 – One Marina Boulevard (NTUC Building) IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, is organizing a forum on International and Domestic Broadband Connectivity in Singapore. On behalf of IIC Singapore, TRPC

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The Internet and Your Business: an ICANN 49 Forum

The Internet and Your Business Date: 21 Mar 2014, 1.30-6pm Venue: Sophia Room, Raffles City Convention Centre Part of the ICANN 49 meetings in Singapore, “The Internet and Your Business’ will focus on practical ways for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)  to enhance productivity by tapping on the

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WhatsUpp?

WhatsApp is up, by USD19 billion all told. Why? Why did Facebook pay more than the nominal GDP of 84 of the poorest countries in the world, starting with Honduras (USD18.6 billion) and descending all the way down to tiny

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Innovation in Asia Pacific: A New Publication by TRPC and NC APEC

The National Centre for APEC and TRPC collaborated to produce “Leveraging Innovative Solutions to Create Economic Dividends: Case Studies from the Asia Pacific Region”. The publication is a collection of business stories from all over APEC, demonstrating innovation in action

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End of the Age of Innocence

2013 was a Year of Revelations. Of those that will have recurring repercussions, the revelations of Edward Snowden must take the prize. Not just for the scope of the surveillance revealed, but perhaps especially for the “workaround” of safeguards and

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Singapore in 2013: Startups glisten, but broadband needs boost

Our Research Director Lim May-Ann was interviewed and quoted on the state of Internet startups in Singapore.  Summary: As Singapore wraps up the year with a bustling startup ecosystem and significant milestones including the launch of its Personal Data Protection

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OTT: Competing or Collaborating (Indonesia Telecommunications Business)

TRPC Director Professor John Ure’s presentation at the  OTT in Indonesia Telecommunications Business at Mastel: Sari Pan Pacific Hotel Jakarta on 5th December 2013 professional resume writing services Download the presentation here.

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ITU Telecom World 2013

TRPC Director Professor John Ure was a Panelist for two sessions during the ITU Telecom World Conference 2013, held in Bangkok from 19-22 November. A quick registration (name and email details) is required to view the video-on-demand sessions. Links below

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Memories and Symbols

This month 2 images caught my eye. First, the outpouring of grief and admiration for Nelson Mandela. There has rarely been a man who has captured so emphatically in his lifetime the essence of what it means to rise above

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Internet Business Economics and Policy

A Presentation by Professor John Ure at NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy on the Internet Economy and Policy Preface Internet business is primarily focused upon mass consumption, mass usage. There are exceptions. Enterprise (private) cloud computing often

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WebRTC Asia Forum: For a Fixed and Mobile Web-Connected World. Hong Kong & Singapore – January 2014

Hong Kong – Tuesday, 21st January; Harbour Plaza North Point Hotel  Singapore – Thursday, 23rd January; Rendezvous Grand Hotel Asia Forums Co-organizers   Diamond Sponsors: Gold Sponsor:   Scope of the WebRTC Asia Forums: Preparing for new business opportunities with WebRTC Web RTC (Web Real Time

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Internet of Things: How to Know the Future?

A Presentation by Professor John Ure at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Conference on 18-Nov 2013 college paper writing service reviews Download: DSA Bangkok Presentation 

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AIM2015 Mid-Term Review: A Report by ASEAN and TRPC

The ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015 (AIM 2015) has reached its halfway mark in 2013. It is, therefore, an appropriate milestone to pause and take stock of what has been achieved thus far. The AIM 2015 Mid-Term Review, commissioned to TRPC,  examines whether

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Observing the 8th Internet Governance Forum

Observing the 8th Internet Governance Forum 22-25 Oct 2013 Bali, Indonesia Lim May-Ann, Research Director of TRPC, ISOC IGF Ambassador 2013 The 8th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Bali, Indonesia, between 22-25 Oct 2013. This year’s discussion theme

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The Philippines

In the 1950s Manila was the banking capital of Asia. The Philippines had more telephones per head than Hong Kong. The Philippines looked resurgent. Then came military dictatorship, assassinations of opposition politicians, including the father of the current President and

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Social Media: Opportunities and Constraints in SEA Emerging Markets

Baker & McKenzie’s report, “Social Media: The Opportunities and Constraints in Southeast Asian Emerging Markets,” is based on in-depth interviews and discussions with senior executives from organisations operating in Southeast Asian emerging markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and

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Commentary on TODAY,16 Oct 2013: “Epic Fail” for Network Resilience by Lim May-Ann

This commentary first appeared in TODAY, Singapore on 16 Oct 2013. writing a personal essay I think we just failed an end-of-year exam on network resilience, Singapore My friend was returning home in a taxi last week when she texted

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TRPC and IIC Singapore Forum: Cybersecurity

Date: Tuesday Nov 26th, 3.00pm-6.00pm Venue: Microsoft Singapore, Level 22 – One Marina Boulevard   Not a week passes without a cyber-attack taking place somewhere. Using data from the US, in 2013 most attacks were criminal in motivation as recorded

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IIC Singapore Forum: Post-IGF Bali Breakfast Briefing

Date: Monday Oct 28th, 8.30am-10am Venue: Olswang Asia – Ocean Financial Centre, 10 Collyer Quay, #05-01, Singapore IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, Microsoft and Olswang, is organizing a high-level breakfast debrief to follow this year’s IGF in Bali. Representatives from

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Trade Liberalization versus Industrial Policy

Bilateral, regional and global trade agreements are all part of the modern landscape of international economic relationships. They are based upon a simple premise, that free trade is a good thing. At the purely theoretical level this is a tautology.

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TRPC Forum: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Trade, ICTs and the Internet

Date: Sept 18th  2013, 3.30 – 6.00pm Venue: The Auditorium, Level 21, One Marina Boulevard  The TPP, led by the US (http://www.ustr.gov/tpp), is the latest and among the most ambitious regional trade treaties under negotiation involving 11 Pacific Rim countries,

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Just Thinking

There is little point in saying something for the sake of it. A journo, a politician, a blogger, is often faced with the problem because they’ve got to come up with something. Is it therefore an exercise in hubris when

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Another Age

I have just finishing reading the posthumously published lectures of British Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm who died October 2012. Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century (Little, Brown: 2013) is a good example of never judging a book

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Mobile Payment in Sri Lanka: Market Demand Assessment

The IFC commissioned a report on an assessment of the market demand of mobile payment services in Sri Lanka. Reasons for the study: Lack of reach to the bottom of the pyramid segments: Financial institutions have been limited in expanding

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The Revenge of Cybernetics?

If the “medium is the message” then the message in the age of the Internet is that everything we now do and say and think is interconnected; cybernetics has come of age, meaning that the interconnections include feedback loops that

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Singapore’s Regulation of Online Media

by Lim May-Ann http://www.improveyourkidneyfunction.com/improve-kidney-function-kidney-disease-solution-ebook/ Singapore recently announced a move to extend its regulation of local media to cover Internet news websites. The regulation came into effect on 1 June 2013, and will require all websites that report on Singaporean news

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In Pursuit of Adequacy: Data Privacy Protection in the US-EU FTA

by Justin Streight In US-EU Free Trade negotiations, making business regulations compatible, harmonized and simple will be the lead. Not that they don’t have tariffs to argue about, but there are so many regulatory non-tariff barriers in place, tariffs have

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TRPC Forum: The Enterprise Use of Social Media

3 July 2013, 3.30-6pm @ Room #15, Microsoft Singapore Level 22, One Marina Blvd, Singapore 018989 essay writer software buy The Enterprise Use of Social Media The enterprise use of social media started as just another marketing channel and has

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Try Forecasting the Past

In 2010, Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, two respected Harvard economists, shot to fame for publishing a paper that seemed to support the view that once a national debt had crossed the 90% GDP threshold it would impact negatively on

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Discussing the Grey Areas in Regulating OTT Services

Telecom Regulatory Affairs Asia Singapore,1-3 June 2013 Keynote speaker: Prof. John Ure Downloads Discussing the Grey Areas in Regulating OTT Services buy term papers

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Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) Services and Broadband in Asia and the Pacific: A Study of Value and Opportunity Cost in the Assignment of Radio Spectrum

With the digital dividend on the agenda of economies of the Asia Pacific region it is timely to review the spectrum requirements of Public Safety services, also known as Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) services. For decades PPDR services

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Lost and Found in Translation

Words. Here is an example of some, imaginatively (and unexpectedly) cited by the ITU’s Trends in Telecoms Reform 2013. (And as an American friend remarked “anyone who takes an Alexander Hamilton quote from the 18th century and can relate it

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It Ain’t Necessarily So

In the world of social media and instant online news feeds, what actually constitutes ‘news’ is rather problematic. The 140-character ‘news item’ planted on Twitter by hackers in April that bombs had gone off in the White House injuring President

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No News is Bad News

In March, two announcements were made pointing in opposite directions. First, Google announced the closing down of Google Reader, a news-feed app widely used by the cognoscenti of the up-to-date in everything. Yahoo! followed by announcing the purchase for nearly

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Access Price Benchmarking for APCC

Access Price Benchmarking for APCC – a study produced for the Asia Pacific Carriers’ Coalition (APCC) Executive Summary 1. This report follows similar APCC Access Benchmarking reports in 2003, 2006 and 2009. This report covers 14 economies, the same as

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TRPC Director response to FT article Jan 26: China’s subtle censoring of overseas scholarship

Deng foresaw the last door to open From Prof John Ure. Sir, Mark Elvin (Letters, January 26) gives some examples of China’s concerted efforts to monitor and censor overseas works of reference and of scholarship that the state regards as

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What’s there to think about?

2013 is the year of the Water Snake in the Chinese zodiac. Water is considered to have the colour black, which conjures up the high levels of river pollution in China, so 2013 is also said to be the Year

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TRPC Research Director Lim May-Ann quoted on ZD Net article: Competition to force Asia’s telcos to diversify faster, 17 Jan 2013

Summary: Declining revenues from core businesses and increasing competition from OTT providers mean operators need to move to new markets and business segments to stay competitive and profitable. casino internet online … Lim May-Ann, research director at TRPC, elaborated further on

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TRPC Director response to FT article Dec 27: Asia must free itself from the chains of the west

It’s not western ideology that poses threat to Asia How To Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back Using Psychology Sir, The late Edward Said argued against Orientalism, the romantic concept of the “Orient” as somehow exceptional. The Orient has since moved

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Information over the Internet

At Davos this month Tim Berners-Lee, regarded widely as the father of the World Wide Web, warned of silos that were disabling users from sharing their postings across websites. Giving the example of users placing their photo albums online, he

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Cloud Computing and Data Centres in China & Cloud Readiness in Asia

4 Dec 2012, 2.30- 4pm @ Lecture Room PO-216, University of Hong Kong, Social Science Research Centre Presentations by Terry Graham on Cloud Computing and Data Centres in China and Jerry Wertelecky on Cloud Readiness in Asia. Downloads Terry Graham_Datacenter and

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Dotty.com

2012 ended on a discordant note for the Internet. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is the forum at which governments propose regulations and standards for telecoms. Many member states of the ITU regard the Internet as something which should be

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Research Analyst Michael Khoo quoted on ZDNet article on “S’pore fiber network needs ecosystem support”, 5 Nov 2012

“Singapore’s retail broadband space has seen lower prices and a slew of new offerings since the rollout of its next-generation nationwide broadband network (NGNBN), with new players forcing incumbents to up their games. However, a strong media communications ecosystem is

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Irrational Expectations?

Nate Silver is a clever man. Using “quants” he correctly predicted the outcome of the US presidential race in every single state bar none. Interest in “business analytics” that uses algorithms that detect trends and key relationships in vast amounts

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IIC Asia Forum: Spectrum Policy: The Way To Go?

28 Nov 2012, 3.30-6pm @ Microsoft Singapore Level 22, One Marina Blvd, Singapore 018989 [Download the background paper: “Spectrum Policy In Singapore”] In 2013 the IDA plans a spectrum auction for 4G cellular services in the 1800MHz, 2.3GHz, and 2.5GHz

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TRPC Director’s response on FT: Cuban missile crisis not solved by sabre-rattling

 From Prof John Ure, October 21, 2012 11:38 pm This response first appeared on the Financial Times, Singapore on 21 Oct 2012 Sir, Philip Zelikow’s version of the resolution of the Cuban missile crisis (“Learn the lesson of Cuba and

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Commentary on TODAY, 16 Oct 2012: Back to square one on cross-carriage, by Lim May-Ann

by Lim May-Ann, 04:45 AM Oct 16, 2012 dr gary m levin   This commentary first appeared in TODAY, Singapore on 16 Oct 2012. Soccer fans are up in arms again over their access to football matches on Singapore’s pay

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Telecoms and Security: Old Wine in New Bottles

A recent report by the US Senate warned that entry of telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei into the US market would be a Trojan horse for China’s spy network. For good technical reasons telecoms has always been viewed by governments and

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Standards for Standards

No one wants to risk using a drug that is not fully tried and tested and accredited by the relevant health standards body. The fact that many people do just that is telling. Of course, the major reason for doing

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Research Director Lim May-Ann quoted on ZDNet article on "Free Mobile Roaming in Southeast Asia ‘overambitious’", 31 Aug 2012

“Lim May-Ann, research director at Technology Research Project Corporate, said that would be some resistance from the industry but it would only be a matter of time before a new player offered to service for a competitive advantage. Casino gambling

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Commentary in TODAY, 10 Aug 2012: Moving from Web to tech, by Michael Khoo

By Michael Khoo 04:45 AM Aug 10, 2012 This commentary first appeared in TODAY, Singapore on 10 Aug 2012. SINGAPORE — This month, 11 Asian telcos, consisting of China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom; Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom; Korean network operators

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Net Neutrality Revisited

Regulatory capture was a concept developed by economist George Stigler of the University of Chicago, but it was already a well observed phenomenon in the USA where powerful industrial and commercial interests exercised undue influence over the agencies and the

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Commentary in TODAY, 31 Jul 2012: ICTs may offer green shoots of hope, by John Ure

by John Ure 04:45 AM Jul 31, 2012 This commentary first appeared in TODAY, Singapore on 31 Jul 2012. In recent years, numerous reports have estimated the impact on GDP growth of investment in information and communications technology (ICT). The

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TRPC Director and AIC Executive Director John Ure quoted on Net Neutrality [TODAY, 30 Jul 2012]

Can telecom network operators (telcos) or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) control the way you consume Web content? In Singapore, generally the relevant regulators would have to review the circumstances of each case in order to determine if acompany operating in

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IIC Asia Forum: The Digital Dividend (Kuala Lumpur)

The digital dividend arises from the switch from over-the-air (OTA) analogue to digital terrestrial TV (DTT). Most of the bandwidth savings arise in the UHF band and in many cases substantially more than 100 MHz will be released. The most

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Commentary in TODAY, 26 Jul 2012: Align standards to get 4G up to speed, by Lim May-Ann

by Lim May-Ann 04:45 AM Jul 26, 2012 custom essay writing servicesThis commentary first appeared in TODAY, Singapore on 26 Jul 2012.  M1 last Monday announced that it was launching a new range of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service

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IIC Asia Forum: Challenges & Prospects of Digital Dividend for Indonesian Telecommunications & Broadcasting Business

The digital dividend arises from the switch from over-the-air (OTA) analogue to digital terrestrial TV (DTT). Most of the bandwidth savings arise in the UHF band and in many cases substantially more than 100 MHz will be released. The most

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IIC Asia Forum: The Digital Dividend

The digital dividend arises from the switch from over-the-air (OTA) analogue to digital terrestrial TV (DTT). Most of the bandwidth savings arise in the UHF band and in many cases substantially more than 100 MHz will be released. The most

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Commentary in TODAY, 6 Jul 2012: Too costly to miss out on fibre, by Lim May-Ann

by Lim May-Ann This commentary first appeared in TODAY, Singapore, 6 Jul 2012 OpenNet, Singapore’s builder of fibre infrastructure, is having a tumultuous time rolling out the nation’s Next Generation National Broadband Network. The plan is to connect 95 per

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TRPC at CommunicAsia 2012: Mobile Cloud Computing Panel

TRPC will be moderating a panel at CommunicAsia 2012: Mobile Cloud Computing in Asia: The Next 5 Years. custom essay service An increasing number of people are working almost exclusively off their mobile phones. A whole generation of people are

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3D PRINTING

It used to be the case that a dental patient wanting a crown for a tooth needed to sit through an uncomfortable process of having a damp polymer stuck over their tooth and waiting for it to dry before the

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Technology, Oh Technology and Manchester City

On May 7th hundreds of millions of viewers around the world watched the exciting climax to the English Premier League football championship match between home team and clear favourites Manchester City and QPR who were fighting to avoid relegation. If

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The internet: Innovation, Data flows and Markets

APEC Conference on Innovation and Trade April 4-5 2012, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore Keynote speaker: Prof. John Ure Downloads APEC Keynote Speaker Address 4th April 2012 Innovation and trade – currently emerging as one of the most important next

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Eye on Myanmar

The Burmese ICT Landscape buy cigars Myanmar has been hitting the right notes in the news media recently. Since the April 1st by-elections in which the National League for Democracy (NLD) — Aung San Suu Kyi’s party — won by

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How Unassailable is Facebook?

2012 is scheduled as the year Facebook goes public. It has been well advertised that Facebook does not need the money and the Inland Revenue is also pretty indifferent as to whether the taxes are paid by a private individual

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3G Auctions: A Change of Course (in Networking Knowledge for Information Societies: Institutions & Intervention)

3G Auctions: A Change of Course in Networking Knowledge for Information Societies: Institutions & Intervention Edited by Robin Mansell, Rohan Samarajiva, and Amy Mahan 2002 Delft University Press About the book This comprehensive volume includes state-of-the-art analyses of the problems

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Bottom of the Pyramid and Mobile Payments

Approximately half the world’s population of over 6 billion people has access to a mobile phone and over 80 per cent live in areas covered by a mobile network. For the first time people living in the developing world own

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The ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015

It would be difficult to identify a more diverse region of economies than the 10 member States of ASEAN. The comparative lack of integration across ASEAN at least reflects a reality that avoids some of the contemporary problems the EU

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Artificial Intelligence – More Brawn than Brain?

The IT world is getting faster all the time. Telcos are upgrading to high speed broadband NGNs; the processing power of ever smaller chips in ever smaller devices continues exponential growth; and apps and services rely upon ever faster searches

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When the Internet Went on Strike

On 18 January 2012 the Internet went on strike. Wikipedia and a whole host of Internet sites went dark for a day in protest again SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The sponsors of these two

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Capitalism and social services

Sir, Lawrence Summers and Samuel Brittan, in the “Capitalism in Crisis” series, complement each other in important ways. Prof Summers (“Current woes call for smart reinvention not destruction”, January 9) manages to reduce a modern capitalism economy to two sectors,

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Year of the Dragonet?

Early in 2011 it was revealed that China was going ahead with an experiment to set up an Internet Special Administrative Region (SAR) similar in concept to the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of the 1980s that started the process of

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Singapore as a Data Hub

The digital economy of Singapore has entered the first stage of maturity with ubiquitous broadband supporting the “Age of the app”. Apps increasingly refer to everything software, from OS to content downloads, from collaborative software programmes to streamed video, and

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ASEAN ICT Masterplan 2015

As various free trade negotiations hit the headlines –AFTA, TPP, BTAs, etc – ASEAN seems to be finding a new lease of life.  It already has well established institutions, and with Myanmar apparently on the road to reform there is

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The Business Dynamics of Social Network Sites (SNS)

Social networking has become global based as it is on the Internet. Less certain has been its transformation into sustainable businesses models. Most SNS have either disappeared or their market share has been absorbed by one of a very few

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Steve Jobs (1955-2011): A Man of Our Times

Obituaries are best written before death, and in the media they are. They can be written in relative calm and closer to the truth; after death the temptation is to use superlatives and become superficial. But in the case of

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Regulation Wars

The need for regulation arises for 3 reasons: to assign scarce resources; to protect citizens; and to promote public policy. In the case of telecoms, these equate to, for example: (i) assigning radio spectrum, or rights-of-way; (ii) enforcing public health

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