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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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