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  • August 18th, Washington, DC: Meeting with Secretary of ADB, Mr. Robert Dawson. For more information please contact Putri Alam at palam@usasean.org.


Indonesia-Malaysia JV To Create Greater Internet Gateway From Johore To Jakarta Bernama, Aug 2

The project expects to capitalise on the need for next-generation broadband capabilities such as cloud computing, high-definition video streaming and large-volume info sharing.

BIMP-EAGA eyes submarine cable-link to Mindanao, Borneo, Indonesia PIA, Jul 9

The Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) is eyeing the construction of an estimated US$150 million submarine cable link that will establish direct connectivity from Borneo to Mindanao, the cable link gateway in Southern Philippines.


Govt Sets Its Sights on Illicit Online Music Downloads Jakarta Globe, Jul 28

On the heels of its war against pornographic Web sites, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has a new target: Web sites that permit the illegal downloading of pirated music.

$1m grant up for grabs to develop multimedia Jakarta Post, Jul 15

Ford Foundation, in cooperation with Wikimedia Indonesia, ICT Watch and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), announced Friday that it would be awarding grants worth US$1 million (Rp 8.5 billion) to 30 people or organizations that come up with best practices in innovative ideas to improve media conditions in Indonesia.


Malaysia saves US$470m with technology Procurement Online, Aug 1

The government is expecting savings of RM1.4 billion (US$470 million) this year through its e-procurement system, e-Perolehan (eP), project director for eP Datuk Ibrahim Shukor said.


Myanmar to Implement ICT Master Plan 2011-15 CRIEnglish.com, Jul 24

Myanmar will implement the action plan of its ICT mater plan 2011-15, aimed at developing the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, local media reported Sunday.


Angara vows to push passage of cybercrime, DICT, data privacy bills NewsBytes, Aug 3

The chair of the S&T committee in the Senate has assured ICT stakeholders of his commitment to support the booming industry by pushing for the passage of three important pieces of legislation.

DepEd, Smart launch blog competition Manila Bulletin, Jul 30

The Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with Smart Communications, Inc., has launched the second “Ano ang Kwento Mo” contest, one of the three major competitions under the “Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA)” project where teacher-student perform basic community mapping exercises to create video blogs to feature a distinct characteristic, place, or culture in their respective communities.

Philippines Digital Strategy launched at ICT Summit PhilStar, Jul 25

The National ICT Summit 2011 held recently at Edsa Shangri-La Manila showcased just how ready government and private Philippine stakeholders were in the area of technology solutions and information exchange.

RP Ranked Third In Outsourcing Manila Bulletin, Jul 20

The Philippines will retain its number three rank in the world’s outsourcing industry, capturing 7.4% share, or US$10.7 billion, of the US$464 billion total, according to a forecast by Canadian-based ICT research and advisory think tank, XMG Global.

DOST adopts 5-yr digital strategy The Inquirer, Jul 13

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has vowed to pursue the goals of the five-year Philippine Digital Strategy formulated by the now-defunct Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).


Going Mobile: The Future of e-Government Services In Singapore eGov Monitor, Aug 3

Singapore CIO explores the evolution of eGovernment in the island nation and discusses the next steps in taking public sector mobile and building common platforms with other stakeholders.

Singapore sees digital textbooks in future ZDNet, Jul 11

The education ministry has been exploring the use of digital textbooks in local schools in recent years, with limited projects deployed in pilot schools to test out its feasibility.



3G winners asked to offer school WiFi Bangkok Post, Aug 1

The new Pheu Thai-led government wants the winners of the next third-generation (3G) licence auction to make broadband and WiFi service available to schoolchildren. The requirement will accommodate the party's One Tablet per Child policy and free WiFi under universal service obligation conditions, says Pichai Naripthaphan, a party policymaker.

Pheu Thai moves to fulfil tablet pledge Bangkok Post, Jul 5

The Pheu Thai Party is already moving on its "one tablet per child" promise to distribute 800,000 of the computers to each primary school student at a total cost of 4 billion baht.


Vietnam’s ICT market sees slow growth VietNamNet, Jul 17

Vietnam’s ICT (information and communication technology) market sees a slow growth rate this year with unequal developments in hardware, retail, serviced software and human resources training.

Danang seen becoming first e-city in Vietnam VietNamNet, Jul 14

Danang is striving to become the nation’s first e-city by 2020, said Pham Kim Son, director of the Danang Department of Information and Communications.

White Book on Vietnam’s ICT 2011 released VietnamNet, Jul 13

The recently-released book about the panorama and the current situation of Vietnam’s information and communication technology industry has not only data but also reports and analysis on specific fields. The National Steering Board on Information Technology and the Ministry of Information and Communications made public--the White Book on Vietnam’s ICT 2011 on July 12.