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Event Summary: TRPC Roundtable “The Future of the Digital Ecosystem in Thailand”

Event Summary TRPC Roundtable on “The Future of the Digital Ecosystem in Thailand” TRPC’s “The Future of the Digital Ecosystem in Thailand” Roundtable took place at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok on 26 May 2017. The event was organised in

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Event Summary: TRPC Roundtable on “Connectivity, Innovation and Growth: Fostering an Open Internet in Taiwan”

Event Summary TRPC Roundtable on “Connectivity, Innovation and Growth: Fostering an Open Internet in Taiwan” 14 April 2017 TRPC’s “Connectivity, Innovation and Growth: Fostering an Open Internet in Taiwan” Roundtable took place at the Commercial Section of the American Institute

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Connectivity, Innovation and Growth: Fostering an Open Internet in Asia – A Report by TRPC

Download PDF Overview The Internet is rapidly becoming the most popular way people access and consume content, such as music, movies, TV shows, sports, social media postings and increasingly smart device apps, for example, web-cams and connected machines in cars

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Unthoughtful Emotions

Unthoughtful Emotions The Financial Times, 5th November 2016, led its Life & Arts supplement with an interview with an American fascist of the name Richard B. Spencer, who promotes racism, anti-Semitism, and ultra ‘white’ nationalism through Twitter and other media.

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Going Up in Smoke

Going Up in Smoke Smartphones are exploding into flames. This guy was fortumate. It burnt a hole in his pocket and the phone dropped out before it burned into him. Many similar stories emerged of phones exploding, some in the

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TRPC Managing Director Lim May-Ann interviewed on Channel 8, 21 Sep “What is the Internet of Things?”

什么是“物联网”? 21/09/2016 14:22 新加坡的手机渗透率高达148%,在亚洲仅排在香港之后。渗透率有可能进一步升高,因为随着科技发展,家居用品也可以通过手机来调控。这个发展趋势,就是物联网。 To watch the video go to: http://www.channel8news.sg/news8/ca/moneyweek/episodes/20160921-mw-webex-iot/3144284.html?cid=c8n:fb:na:na

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Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles Autonomous vehicle are driverless vehicles, vehicles that are basically robots. Singapore has stolen a lead by introducing the first test autonomous taxis, a fleet of six reconfigured Renault Zoes and Mitsubishi i–MiEVs  driverless cars in a business park

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IIC Singapore – TRPC Forum: The Challenge of Cyber Security

Date: 4 October 2016 Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm Venue: ICANN Singapore, South Beach Tower, 38 Beach Road #04-11 (S189767) IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, is organizing a forum with IIC member ICANN About the Forum: In a world of

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TRPC Managing Director Lim May-Ann interviewed on CNA, 5 Aug “Dispute resolution platform on cards for consumers in tussle with telcos”

Dispute resolution platform on cards for consumers in tussle with telcos SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) on Friday (Aug 5) said consumers may have a specific dispute resolution scheme to turn to if they have individual disputes

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Fishing or Phishing

Fishing or Phishing ‘We are living in interesting times’: so goes the cryptic Chinese observation, which is really a warning of impending threats. The question is, from which direction do the threats come? From the threat of terrorism and cybercrime,

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Brexit or Fixet

Brexit or Fixet “In a nutshell, the referendum is a watershed in two related trends: the rising clout of anti-establishment politics and the retreat from globalization.” (Wall Street Journal 27 June 2016) The Journal, if it were not the Journal,

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Narcissus Technologies Trump Everything?

Narcissus Technologies Trump Everything? Think of a Narcissus these days and the name Donald Trump is never far away. In Ancient Greek mythology, Narcissus was a youth of such good looks he fell in love with himself. After cruelly spurning

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IIC Singapore – TRPC Forum: The Internet of Things – A Challenge for Regulators?

Date: 2 Jun 2016 Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm Venue: ICANN Singapore, South Beach Tower, 38 Beach Road #04-11 (S189767)   IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, is organizing a forum with IIC member ICANN About the Forum: Just about every

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GSMA ‘Advancing Digital Societies in Asia’

GSMA Press Release New GSMA Study Tracks Digital Society Progress in Asia New Report Highlights Role of Connectivity and Regulation in Delivering a Connected Asia A new report by the GSMA underscores the role mobile connectivity is playing in building

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Sex and the City and the Internet of Things

Sex and the City and the Internet of Things Sex sells. That is pretty well established and widely known. Sex sells for money and it sells products. The former is typically frowned upon, while the latter exonerated, not to say

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If it’s broke, don’t fix it?

If it’s broke, don’t fix it? The Bangladesh Bank heist in March 2016 netted USD81 million when fake transfer requests were wired to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (the Fed) which is where the Bangladesh central bank keeps

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TRPC Director on FT, 1 Mar 2016: “Why can’t the ‘expert hackers’ write the code?”

Sir, If Apple can write code to bypass an iPhone password, but then fears that expert hackers will steal it, why cannot those same expert hackers write the code for themselves? Indeed, why cannot the FBI do the same? Is

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Leaders Today, Gone Tomorrow? CA Technologies APJ Application Economy Index 2016

The CA Technologies Asia Pacific & Japan Application Economy Index 2016 identifies the readiness of 10 APJ markets to thrive in today’s digital world. Today, consumers interact differently with the Internet, and the report identifies these characteristics on these new

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Upsetting the Applecart

Upsetting the Applecart Donald Trump called for a boycott, although only after he had “just thought of it.”[1] Bill Gates, initially at least, thought it was fully justified. Edward Snowden called it “the most important tech issue in a decade”

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

What goes around, comes around Marvin Minsky died in January 2016. He was the outstanding forerunner of research and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in machines. After studying mathematics at Harvard, he did his post-graduate studies at Princeton where in

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Opportunities and Challenges for Startups in India

Innovative Minds in the Mobile and Internet Space TRPC participated in the second edition of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) Startup Summit in Jaipur, on 22 January 2016, at the Hotel Clarks Amer. Co-organized and supported by

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Ringing in the New Year

Ringing in the New Year Here’s the thing about payphones: if by error you have left your mobile phone at home, making a call will be difficult unless you borrow someone else’s phone. That’s the trade-off as mobile phones replace

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Cyber Santa

Cyber Santa Families who celebrate Christmas have long got use to Santa Claus arriving with his sack full of toys for the children the Matrix-way, through broadband cables. But this year the man-in-the-red-cloak sporting a white beard may be bringing

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TRPC Research Director at INET Islamabad

TRPC’s very own Research and Consulting Director, Yoonee Jeong, attended and participated in two panel sessions at the first ever Internet Society organized Regional INET Islamabad 2015 conference in Pakistan, from Nov 16-18 in Islamabad. The event was hosted by

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APEC E-payment Readiness Index: Ecosystem Assessment and Status Report

The APEC E-Payment Readiness Index: Ecosystem Assessment and Status report assesses the level of readiness and future potential of the 21 APEC economies to engage in, adopt and reap the broad range of economic and societal benefits that e-payments hold.

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Promoting Multi-stakeholder Discussions in Korea – Going Digital Going Global

Going Digital, Going Global in Korea TRPC, in collaboration with the Internet Society, Korea Chapter, organized the fourth in the series of the Going Digital forums on November 4, 2015, at Maru180, a co-working space for digital start-ups and entrepreneurs

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Is Cybersecurity an Oxymoron?

Is Cybersecurity an Oxymoron? Many years ago I lived in one of the less secure, less affluent parts of London. It was a neighbourhood where everyone knew someone who knew someone who had spent some time “at Her Majesty’s Pleasure”.

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IIC Singapore – TRPC Forum: Smart Health, IoT and the Empowerment of Patients?

Date: Nov 24th 2015 3.00pm – 6.00pm Venue: Microsoft Singapore, Level 22 (Conference Room) – One Marina Boulevard (NTUC Building) IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, is organizing the second forum in a series of Smart Cities. For a recap

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Going Digital, Going Global – Powering the Digital Economy in South Korea

Read the Writeup of the Event here Download PDF (Full Report in Korean) View Photos from the Event

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Asia Pacific Big Data Objectives & Concerns 2015

An overview of Big Data objectives and concerns in 2015 in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific Big Data Objectives & Concerns 2015 from TRPC Pte Ltd

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The Growth of E-commerce in Indonesia: Chaos or Innovation?

The third TRPC “Going Digital” forum series titled “Powering Indonesia’s Digital Economy” was held in partnership with the local e-commerce association, Assosiasi E-commerce Indonesia (idEA), and took place on Tuesday, 8 Sep, at the Grand on Thamrin ballroom at the

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Migration: A Digital Road Ahead

Migration: A Digital Road Ahead “One Facebook group called ‘Stations of the forced wanderers’, which has more than 100,000 members, is essentially a vast knowledge exchange community providing advice for those caught between smugglers seeking to exploit them and the

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Economic Regulation, Cost Methodologies and Tariff Regulation in the Asia Pacific Region

TRPC Director Professor John Ure’s presentation at the ITU Regional Economic and Financial Forum of Telecommunications/ICTs for Asia and Pacific, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, organized by the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) in collaboration with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

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Tapping on the Digital Economy to Build Competitiveness and Resilience in Japan

Event Write-up: Reinventing Japan’s Digital Economy In partnership with GLOCOM, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and Keio International Center for the Internet & Society (KICIS), TRPC organized the second in the Going Digital forum series entitled “Advances in

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Powering Indonesia’s Digital Economy

Date: Sep 8, 2015 Location: Jakarta, Indonesia Read our Writeup of the Event here Download PDF (Full Report in Bahasa Indonesia) View Infographic Background Around the globe and across sectors, more and more countries are transitioning towards a Digital Economy,

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Global Government Cloud Initiatives

An overview of government cloud initiatives from select economies around the world. Government cloud computing-2015 from TRPC Pte Ltd Download the presentation here.

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Brave New World of Data?

Brave New World of Data? “Octopus sold personal data of customers for HK$44”’ was the headline in the South China Morning Post, 27th July 2010. Octopus is the name of the extraordinarily successful stored-value chip-based card in Hong Kong that

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Reinventing Japan’s Digital Economy

Date: Aug 24, 2015 Location: Tokyo, Japan Read our Writeup of the Event here Download PDF (Full Report in Japanese) View Infographic View Photos from the Event Background The Internet is becoming an increasingly indispensable part of businesses across all sectors

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Digital Thailand

TRPC Director Professor John Ure’s presentation at the ITU Forum on Digital Economy Thailand, held 22 August 2015 at the Plaza Athénée Bangkok Hotel, in conjunction with the ITU Regional Development Forum 2015. Download the presentation here.

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Keeping Internet open and free – Low Jia-Rong

Keeping Internet open and free – Low Jia-Rong Online users tend not to focus on issues related to governance on the Net because the Internet has not failed us. It has always worked. However, if we want to keep the

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RoboShop

RoboShop Welcome to Pepper. Pepper will be your close companion, enjoying your jokes, sympathizing when you are sad, keeping quiet when you are tired, and serving you tea when you need refreshment. Not sure yet if Pepper can run down

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TRPC Director on Lifehacker Australia 29 Jul 2015: “Tagging Data for Exchange”

Tagging Data For Exchange John Andrews 29 July 2015 7:30 AM As the Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association, May-Ann Lim works with a number of the largest cloud service providers in the region, dealing with all sorts

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Technology and a Shrinking Middle Class?

Technology and a Shrinking Middle Class? No-one doubts that the rise of the middle class globally has fuelled the demand for consumer goods of all kinds; that is certainly true for electronics and all-things digital. Nothing illustrates this better over

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Kicking-off the Going Digital Workshops in Vietnam

“Powering Digital in Vietnam” On June 9th at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) offices in Hanoi, TRPC kick-started the first of a series of forums in Asia to discuss how different sectors of the economy can leverage

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Droning On, and On

Droning on, and on From the postal stage coach to the telegraph, to the telephone, to the Internet it’s been a long haul, and each step of the way has required changes to laws and regulations. Today the main challenge

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Powering the Digital Economy in Vietnam

Date: Jun 9, 2015 Location: Hanoi, Vietnam Read our Writeup of the Event here Download PDF (Full Report in Vietnamese) View Infographic View Photos from the Event Background The Internet economy is yesterday’s news. Today, every sector of the economy is becoming

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Going Digital: The Status and Future Potential of Internet-Based Economies in Asia – A Report by TRPC

Download PDF (Full Report) View Infographic Overview Asia is in transition. Countries are moving from an Internet economy towards a fully “digital” one, relying upon IP-enabled networks and platforms as part of the embedded infrastructure of society. In light of this

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TRPC Director on FT, 11 May 2015: “Agriculture secretary’s real concern is about American food exports”

May 11, 2015 12:10 am Agriculture secretary’s real concern is about American food exports Sir, You report (“US criticises Brussels on global food security”, May 8) that the EU’s decision to allow individual member states to decide for themselves whether

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Regional Roundtable on Rethinking the Digital Economy

May 21, 2015 Venue: Grand on Thamrin 2, Pullman Thamrin, Jakarta, Indonesia Download PDF (Full Report) Download PDF (Executive Summary) View Photos from the Event Background Globally, there are now more connected devices than the number of people in the world.

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False Alarms

False Alarms When in the 1990s I was researching the impact of technological change on the Hong Kong Telephone Company (HKTC) over the period to the late 1980s, I came across a lesson from history that seems to require continual

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IIC Singapore: The Regulation of Online Video Services

Date: Apr 30th 2015 4:30pm Venue: Olswang Office, 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, #05-01 Singapore 04931 About the Forum: The rise of online video services raises several regulatory and commercial questions in Singapore, Australia, and elsewhere in Asia Amidst

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A return to Marxist economics?

Dear Sirs Martin Wolf (‘An economic future that may never brighten’ FT 15th April) rarely fails to hit a nail on its head, but maybe misses just how far capitalism is screwed. The principal cause he cites for the secular

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IIC Singapore – TRPC Forum: Smart Cities – What makes them “smart”?

Date: May 19th 2015 3.00pm – 6.00pm Venue: Microsoft Singapore, Level 22 (Conference Room) – One Marina Boulevard (NTUC Building) IIC Singapore, in cooperation with TRPC, is organizing a forum on Smart Cities in Singapore. On behalf of IIC Singapore,

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Everyone Going Bananas in April?

This is not the usual, slightly sceptical blog that sees the hype but not the reality. This time, for a change, its real, virtually no hype involved but a big reality. That’s what makes the understated announcement by Banana.com so

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Digital Finance Ecosystem: Regional, National and Household Level Snapshots

TRPC Research Director Yoonee Jeong’s presentation at the USO Broadband Asia Pacific Forum 2015, held 25-27 March 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Download the presentation here.

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Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN Economies – A joint report by TRPC and the Internet Society

Download PDF (Full Report) Download PDF (Executive Summary) Overview As the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) goes into effect this year, this report looks at data on Internet connectivity, infrastructure and investment across 10 ASEAN economies and proposes broad and specific measures

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Improving the Thai Television Sector in the face of ASEAN Economic Community

TRPC Director Professor John Ure’s presentation at a special seminar and focus group on “Improving Thai Television Sector in the face of ASEAN Economic Community”, held 27 March 2015 at the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)

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Asia Pacific – What’s Trending in April 2015?

A look at the socio-economics and geo-political developments in Asia Pacific economies, and comparing trends in devices, Cloud,  broadband and mobile statistics. Download the presentation here.

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The Internet Divide in Asean Economics – Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 (Bernama) — A report on “Unleashing the Potential of the Internet for ASEAN economies” revealed that the Internet has become more pervasive with the cost of not going online is only set to rise.Many countries in

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ISOC-TRPC Rethinking the Digital Economy

March 23, 2015 EDSA Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines Background 2014 was a milestone year for the Internet when the number of connected devices surpassing the number of people in the world. Throughout the world, the Internet is enabling interconnections among traditionally

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TRPC Director in InterMedia, March 2015: “Impact of the Sharing Economy”

John Ure, Associate Professor and Director of TRPC, has written a ‘Briefing’ on the Impact of the Sharing Economy in the March 2015 issue of the InterMedia journal (Vol 43, Issue 1). “The modern sharing economy is small but growing – and

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Preparing for tomorrow: Regulation in a data-driven connected world

TRPC director Dr. John Ure’s presented on “Preparing for tomorrow: Regulation in a data-drive connected world” at Session 2: “The changing rules of the game” at the Inaugural ICT Regulators‘ Leadership Retreat, that took place in Singapore from 18 to

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TRPC Director on FT, 8 Mar 2015: “Society is hardly in need of champions of technology”

March 8, 2015 11:01 pm Society is hardly in need of champions of technology Sir, Jérôme Wittamer (Letters, March 6) totally misses the point of the impact of technological change on society, as does Walter Isaacson (“Luddites fear humanity will

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Sex, Lies and Videotape

Sex is not just reproductive, is also productive which is why in some countries, such as the UK, its service revenues will be added to the GDP data. One of its contributions to economic stability is it’s counter-cyclical nature. When

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PECC Singapore Conference 2015: Achieving Inclusive Economic Growth in the New Normal

TRPC Director Dr. Peter Lovelock joined the discussion for “Session 1: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in a Changing Global Context: Risks and Opportunities” at the PECC Singapore Conference 2015: Achieving Inclusive Economic Growth in the New Normal on the 27th of

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Public-Private Dialogue on Services during SOM1

TRPC Director Dr. Peter Lovelock’s presentation at first Public-Private Dialogue on Services held on Feb 3 at the margins of the First Senior Officials’ Meeting and Related Meetings (SOM1), which lasted from January 26 to February 7, at Clark Freeport

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Artificial Intelligence

It’s a perennial topic, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Concerns about where science and technology are leading society are never ending. The earliest debates leading up to the Age of Science were mostly about how to do science and the role of

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Christmas Cake Anyone?

By any standards, Bill Gates is the epitome of the superrich. It took 7 years to construct Bill Gates’ mansion overlooking Lake Washington and cost him USD63 million, according to Urban Splutter which takes special note of its many “innovative

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APEC Symposium on ‘Good Policy and Regulatory Practices for Facilitating Trade and Investment in Telecommunications and ICT services

TRPC Director Dr. Peter Lovelock’s presentation at the APEC Symposium on ‘Good Policy and Regulatory Practices for Facilitating Trade and Investment in Telecommunications and ICT services on 9th December, Manila. Download the presentation here.

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Don’t Overreact to North Korea’s Attack on Sony – Bloomberg View

Hollywood Goes to War 7 Dec 18, 2014 12:47 PM EST By The Editors Like so many Hollywood movies, North Korea’s offensive against Sony Pictures Entertainment could end badly — which is why U.S. officials have to be careful not

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Net Neutrality Revisited

Telecom broadband networks that provide fast lane access to the Internet need to be managed, and even more so than the plain old telephone service circuit-switched networks that provided dial-up. The underlying reason is that so many different services have

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Theoretical Pragmatism

And this year the Nobel Prize for economics goes to: Jean Tirole, Professor of Economics at the University of Toulouse in France. The award of a Nobel Prize is a bit of a junket, which is not to say Jean

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Let Me Say That Again

Apple has finally joined the NFC bandwagon. Let me say that again. Apple is redefining mobile payments. Better? I cannot wait to use my expensive new wrist watch or smartphone to replace my miserably cheap and unprepossessing plastic card to

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Partners in Development

“Telenor cracks down on Myanmar suppliers to weed out child labour” was a headline in the Financial Times 20 August 2014. Many international companies have run into reputational problems over this issue, some maybe deservedly, others unwittingly. Monitoring long-distance supply

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Accounting for Kowtow? You can Bank on it!

It was May 1989. I had arrived in January in Hong Kong as a visiting research fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and just finished reading Jan Morris’s new book Hong Kong about Britain’s last colony. During the previous

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Consultation Paper to IDA’s Proposed Allocation of Spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (“IMT”) and IMT-Advanced Services and Options to Enhance Mobile Competition

TRPC helped the SWSPG draft and submit a response to the IDA’s Proposed Allocation of Spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (“IMT”) and IMT-Advanced Services and Options to Enhance Mobile Competition. The SWSPG response paper is available here and the IDA’s

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China Standards and IPRs

A Working Paper for the EU-China Trade Project, April 2007 by John Ure for the Telecommunications Research Project. A: Why China Has a Problem with Standards and IPRs The Problem The problem China has with intellectual property rights, often associated

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Health Informatics in Hong Kong

We have ‘islands of data’ about patients, unconnected from other. There is still a dependence on clinicians to remember vast amounts of information. Healthcare professionals spend a significant proportion of their time on paperwork, yet that paperwork remains poor and prone to error.

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